Queensland captain Laura Geitz has fired a rocket at her teammates, labelling their 50-38 ANZ Championship loss to Melbourne as “almost embarrassing”.

Queensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz has slammed her side’s loss to Melbourne as “almost embarrassing” and warned any repeat performances could spell the end of their ANZ Championship finals hopes.

The Melbourne Vixens sprung an ambush on the Queenslanders in Brisbane on Monday night, rushing out to a 15-6 quarter lead which was never headed as they ran away with the match 50-38.

It was a night where none of the Firebirds passes stuck, turnovers were rampant and Melbourne were allowed to control proceedings for the entire four quarters.

With eight rounds left to play and three losses already in the books, it is a performance Australian skipper Geitz warned they could ill repeat if the Firebirds are to be a premiership force again in 2014.

“We were just really slow, we threw too much ball away, we let them score … eight goals in a short amount of time,” she said.

“That’s not what we stand for in the defensive end.

“We just have ourselves to blame.

“We come back really well the week after a loss … but after a win we just can’t maintain that momentum.

“It’s just something that you can’t afford to do if you want to be finals contender.

“It’s getting to the point of the season now where we have to realise that pretty much we’ve had our three losses now.

“We need to be winning from now on in to be giving ourselves the best possible chance.”

Melbourne moved into the ANZ Championship top two with the win, a position that captain Bianca Chatfield admitted was a long way off earlier in the season when the Vixens had lost two straight – including one to the Firebirds.

“Our backs were against the wall two weeks ago,” she said.

“We’ve really stepped it up.”