Taurua reflects on ‘satisfying’ Lightning journey
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says she’ll leave Lightning “satisfied” and proud of what has been achieved during her Super Netball journey.
The mastercoach couldn’t claim a third-straight title with the club after they fell to Swifts in the season-decider yesterday.
However, it did little to dampen her thoughts and emotions on her remarkable time with the club.
“It didn’t go our way and there were some people that were upset but I’m hugely proud of not only our team but the growth of our players and also our club,” she said.
“We’ve come a long way and for us to be able to present ourselves once again for premiership (contention) is no mean feat.
“I’m actually quite all right about it (leaving), I thought I might’ve been a bumbling mess but I feel quite strong about the club and I feel satisfied, to be honest.
Of all the success she’s helped to achieve, Taurua particularly cherished the club’s maiden title in their inaugural season.
“I think for me the first year was amazing knowing where we came from and not having much to start off with,” she said.
“Not that we were on the back foot but we were pretty much living every day and learning every day and so I suppose the pressure or challenges that went with every day was huge.
“People didn’t see that, so that first grand final win or premiership for us was sublime because there was a lot of people that was involved in that and establishing the club.”
Captain Laura Langman paid tribute to her leader.
“I always run out of, or don’t have the words to describe Noels, it’s been absolutely wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better foundation to be laid,” she said.
While caught up in the emotion of a championship victory, Swifts coach Briony Akle also took the time to praise Taurua and her success.
“I just admire her.
“She’s done great things for netball in general, not just here, but (also) obviously winning that World Championship. And she produces great people and teams.”
Taurua had announced she would be stepping down from the head coach role just before the finals. Assistant coach Kylee Byrne will take over next season.