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Taurua to remain Steel advisor

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/08/2016

Noeline Taurua will remain involved with the Southern Steel in an advisory capacity despite signing on as head coach of the Sunshine Coast netball team in Australia.

Taurua has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Storm-backed team which is one of three new sides for next year's return to an all-Australian league following the disestablishment of the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship competition.

The former Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic coach said she was going to try to keep a "foot in each camp" despite her shift to Australia.

"I know I can make it a good win-win," she added.

Steel chief executive Lana Winders accepted the move to the Sunshine Coast was a fantastic opportunity for Taurua, who guided the Magic to the ANZ Championship title in 2012, but was thrilled by her decision to remain an advisor to the Steel.

"She's already had considerable input into our ideal playing roster for 2017 and will be a supportive influence on whoever takes the reins," Winders said.

"An on-going connection has vast potential for both clubs and the ability to exchange ideas and work together is a definite advantage of two separate Australasian competitions."

Taurua said she was relishing the challenge of coaching abroad after six years at the Magic and a year with the Steel.

"I'm really excited about the growth and development I'll receive in a market that's so challenging for me because it's foreign," she said.

"There is a high level of accountability and it's really performance based ... and I'm ready to embrace that.

"You've got to be able to teach and coach your players by taking them into a new realm of thinking, to be courageous and brave so you need to walk the walk."

Any link-up between the Steel and the Sunshine Coast-based team has yet to be finalised but could include pre-season games.

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