COACH: Noeline Taurua.
COACH: Noeline Taurua. DAVID MARIUZ

Taurua focused on Lightning amid Silver Ferns talk

NETBALL: Noeline Taurua says she's focused on the Sunshine Coast's Super Netball campaign, amidst speculation surrounding her and the New Zealand national team.

Taurua has been talked about as the potential next coach of the Silver Ferns with Stuff reporting this week that ex- captain Casey Kopua could attempt a shock return to the national side if the former is appointed.

The experienced mentor on Thursday said she was concentrating on the Sunshine Coast's attempt at a title defence.

"All I know at this stage is I'm really focused on Lightning and I really want to finish this competition well," she said.

"I really want to get ourselves into the top four (for finals)... that's where my focus is at the moment.

"There's a lot of stuff that's coming out in the media and some of it's just (that) they've got their own slant on it but I'm very focused on what I need to do here."

Taurua was grateful she wasn't in her homeland now, where there is hype surrounding the national squad make-up and coaching role, which should be revealed this month.

"I think there's so much speculation that's happening in regards to the New Zealand Silver Ferns and (in) these moments I'm really glad I'm on this side of the ditch so I can dodge all the questions that are happening from that side."

Taurua boasts a strong winning percentage at the elite level and she won the trans-Tasman club title with Waikato Bay of Plenty in 2012 and steered the Sunshine Coast to the Australian league title in the club's inaugural year.

She is also a former assistant coach of New Zealand.

Taurua is contracted to the Sunshine Coast until the end of 2019.


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