Taurua Remains Modest After Silver Ferns Netball World Cup Win
Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua can officially add Netball World Cup Champion Coach to her impressive resume.
Yet in true Taurua style, she remained humble when praised for the incredible feat – instead crediting a whole team effort from the Silver Ferns in the Vitality Netball World Cup tournament.
“I’ve got a job to do and I’m one piece of the puzzle, I think always the strength is the collective and everybody,” Taurua told Netball World Cup media.
“It’s just my job. The good thing about all the players and Netball New Zealand is everyone had the buy in.
“That’s what needs to happen for us to be successful so that’s a good thing.”
Hear from coach Noeline Taurua after our thrilling semi final win against England to progress to the Vitality Netball World Cup final.
Posted by Silver Ferns on Saturday, 20 July 2019
Silver Ferns fought hard to hold onto a one goal lead in the clutch moments of the Gold Medal clash overnight, overcoming the Samsung Diamonds 52-51.
The Head Coach was still absorbing the emotion of the milestone when interviewed post-match.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m very overwhelmed and really don’t have the words to express the feeling at the moment,” she said.
“It’s one other game but it‘s a big game for us.
“Winning the gold is massive…”
Lightning’s Taurua and Captain Laura Langman will be celebrating the historic win, meanwhile teammate Steph Wood played a pivotal role for Samsung Diamonds representing Australia in the tournament.
Another Lightning player made headlines for her role in the SPAR Proteas campaign, with defender Karla Pretorius earning the prestigious honour of being named ‘Player Of The Tournament’.
“I feel very honoured to have been named the best player of the World Cup,” said Pretorius.
“You are only as good as those around you and the team did so well at this World Cup, and even though we won’t return home to South Africa with a medal.
“I know that we all put our hearts and souls into every game in Liverpool and can hold our heads high.
“This good run was what inspired me to play as well as I did and I am grateful to have been recognised by the tournament and given this very special award.”
SPAR Proteas, in which Pretorius and Lightning teammate Phumza Maweni represent internationally, placed fourth overall.
Shooter Peace Proscovia also led her Ugandan She-Cranes to a seventh placed finish in the overall standings, with four of the top eight teams hailing from Africa – a feat that has never happened before.
Noeline and the players will return to Australia this week, with the focus to shift back to the run home for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Suncorp Super Netball league.
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