Taurua takes top job

Noeline Taurua. Photo: Getty Images
Noeline Taurua. Photo: Getty Images
Was there ever another option?

Noeline Taurua was - to absolutely no-one's surprise - confirmed as the 11th coach of the Silver Ferns yesterday.

What some may question is the decision to allow her to see out her contract with the Sunshine Coast Lightning next year.

The situation may not seem ideal, but it is not as if Netball New Zealand had a choice.

After spurning Taurua three years ago, it held little power this time around.

The Silver Ferns reached a state of turmoil at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and plenty has been said about the team environment.

Janine Southby was the biggest casualty, resigning from the head coach role she was preferred for over Taurua initially.

Turning things around for next year's World Cup in July will take a massive effort.

It would be foolish to think one person could come make that big a difference so quickly.

But you can bet there will still be plenty of pressure to do so.

If anyone can do it, it would would appear to be Taurua.

This, though, is the challenge of all challenges.

Taking on that alongside coaching a domestic team will make the job an even bigger one.

If the campaign is a failure, the critics will bleat that she should not have been allowed to do both.

If she had been overlooked because of it, all the talk would be that the wrong person was appointed.

This was the only option for NNZ.

Now all we can do is trust in Taurua to weave the magic she has shown time and time again.

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