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Taurua holds no grudge with Netball NZ

Newshub logoNewshub 1/07/2018 Kirstie Stanway

a person smiling for the camera © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited A lot can happen in two years.

In that time, Noeline Taurua turned the Southern Steel from a middle of the road team to top in New Zealand, then won Australia's inaugural Super League Championship with the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

It could have been very different for the former Silver Fern who missed out on the national coaching role to Janine Southby in 2016.

The rest as they say is history.

Taurua has prospered while Southby led the Ferns to a fourth place finish earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games; their worst ever return.

"I definitely feel like I am a better coach or have more in my back pocket now after two years or three years missing out on that job," Taurua exclusively told Newshub.

Despite being one of New Zealand's most decorated netball coaches, her curriculum vitae was not good enough to land the top job over a relatively unproven Southby.

Taurua guided the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic to their only ANZ Championship title in 2012 and then spent time as an assistant coach with the national side.

A transition into the top job appeared an obvious outcome but that wasn't to be.

"I was disappointed at the time," Taurua says, however she is open to having another crack if called upon by Netball New Zealand.

"I can't close things off any more, for whatever has happened in the past I just have to keep things open as much as possible and my results, or what I do will speak for itself and things will present or it won't."

In stark contrast to Taurua’s double dose of success, Southby has managed to run the Silver Ferns into the ground.

© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited The national team is damaged after losses to Malawi, Jamaica and England.

New Zealand is no longer competitive with Australia and the shambolic performance at the Commonwealth Games brought loud calls for change.

But despite the heartbreak of missing out on the role in 2015 due a rumoured clash the then hierarchy of Netball New Zealand, Taurua has let go of any grudge she may of held.

"I have really matured in my outlook and thinking," Taurua told Newshub.

The then Chief Executive Hilary Poole and high performance manager Steve Lancaster have both moved on, replaced by Jennie Wyllie and Keir Hansen respectively.

After being overlooked for her dream job, Taurua headed south to replace Southby at the Steel before joining the Lightning in Australia the following year where success followed her.

"I never ever dreamed that I would go to Invercargill or come over to Australia to increase my coaching repertoire.

"It has been a bit of a self-confidence journey."

And while Taurua's main focus is getting the Sunshine Coast to the final four in Australia's Super League, she's not ruling out a return to New Zealand for a second crack at the top job

"Never good to say never.

"Whatever presents in the New Zealand space, we’ll take it as it comes."

With Taurua off contract after next year’s netball World Cup and Southby's Silver Ferns future in the hands of a review panel, her dream job as national coach is not off the card.

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