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Taurua ‘Proud’ Despite Grand Final Loss

Sunshine Coast Lightning may not have secured the Suncorp Super Netball Premiership in 2019, but Head Coach Noeline Taurua is “hugely proud” of what the Club has been able to achieve.

Lightning were defeated by NSW Swifts by 17 goals in front of a Queensland crowd on Sunday and while not the desired result, Taurua still found positives out of the match while paying her respects to the opposition.

“It’s ourselves against ourselves and it didn’t go our way,” Taurua said.

“I am hugely proud of not only our team but the growth of players and also our Club.

“We’ve come a long, way for us to be able to present ourselves again in a Grand Final [is an achievement in itself].

“I feel strong about the Club and satisfied to be honest.

“Yes, we didn’t come out of it [with a win] but people are going to learn and that’s what it’s all about.”

While Taurua may not be at the helm in season 2020, she reiterated that she still has plenty of skin left in this Club and is confident in the position that she is leaving Lightning.

“We’ve got a really good core, a base of players, great routines, great Club,” she said.

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“We’ll look at what we need to do to keep improving, as we have in the first three years.”

The Sunshine Coast community are invited to reflect on the year that was and pay tribute to Noeline Taurua at the Club’s Community Thank You Event at USC Stadium on Monday from 5pm.