As a player, Noeline Taurua progressed from the Young Internationals to the Silver Ferns in 1994, making her debut the same year against Australia.
What Taurua lacked in size, she more than made up for with her great play-making skills, foot speed and quick thinking.
Able to play all three front-line attacking positions, Taurua was most prominent at Goal Attack where she dazzled with her on-court wizardry.
Playing for Wellington during a dominant era, Taurua formed half of the best shooting combination in the country at the time with Leilani Read.
Little for a shooter, Taurua’s strengths made her a highly effective and efficient performer in the circle. Smart, quick and often ahead of the play, Taurua was difficult to defend with her ability to off-load when in a tight contest while also being very accurate on the short to medium range shot. Crafty and creative with the ball, Taurua played in the 1995 Netball World Cup and 1998 Commonwealth Games before a serious knee injury ended her career after 34 Tests with the Silver Ferns.
Just as impressive is Taurua's coaching ability. She is statistically New Zealand’s most successful ANZ Championship Coach. She took over the helm of the Southern Steel in December 2015, claiming the former Trans-Tasman Netball League Minor Premiership in her first campaign with an unbeaten record in the regular season. Taurua’s CV is impressive. She remains the only coach to lead a New Zealand side to an ANZ Championship title when she oversaw Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in 2012. The team made the finals series in each of the six years Taurua was there. The Kiwi mentor also boasts an enviable 72% winning record in the ANZ Championship.
Following her time at the Magic, Taurua took a two-year break from coaching to complete a Masters of Science in performance coaching. She returned to the ranks as an Assistant Coach with Northern Mystics for the 2015 season before taking the Steel Head Coach role.
Known for setting high standards and establishing a winning culture with a focus on discipline, hard work and innovation, it’s no surprise Lightning athletes enjoyed playing under her leadership in 2017. Her coaching philosophies are like those of Melbourne Storm Head Coach, Craig Bellamy with both sharing similar success in leading their teams to finals campaigns.
Her affable and engaging personality, coupled with her sharp netball mind, have gone a long way to ensuring all 10 premiership-winning players re-signed and will return for the 2018 season.