Sunshine Coast Lighting coach Noeline Taurua
Sunshine Coast Lighting coach Noeline Taurua Patrick Woods

Taurua returns to her Lightning outfit

NETBALL: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says she will take a back seat with the Lightning over the next week as she transitions back into her role.

Taurua has spent the past three weeks in New Zealand grieving the loss of her father, Kingi Taurua, who passed away following a battle with cancer.

Over that time the Lightning won all three of their fixtures and are now placed in third spot on the eight-team Super Netball ladder.

Although dealing with a heavy personal loss, Taurua said she still managed to follow her outfit's progress.

"I kept my eye on the little screen that I had at the hospital (in New Zealand) and especially that last game I was able to be connected totally to what was happening,” Taurua said.

"Even though we did lose the first three rounds and it was tight for the Collingwood and Thunderbirds (games) the numbers showed that we were actually progressing in the right way.”

Taurua lauded the efforts of assistant coach Kylee Byrne who took control of the team in her absence.

And now that Taurua had returned, she said she wouldn't take the reins too quickly for fear of undoing all the good work that had been completed.

"I'm looking forward to actually sitting back a wee bit over the next week just to see what was done,” she said. "(It'll be good) to take that moment to transition myself in and not devalue or really acknowledge the work that has been done over the last three weeks.”

The entire Super Netball competition has a bye round this weekend, with the Lightning enjoying a well-earned break before taking on the New South Wales Swifts next week.

Although opposed to the new points system earlier in the season, she admitted it had worked in their favour and now they were keen to capitalise even further heading in to the second half of the season.

-Tom Threadingham



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