Noeline Taurua keen to return to Magic camp

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 02/09/2012
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NOELINE TAURUA: "We just know that if we play the type of netball we want to play, and have shown we can play at times, more consistently, we could be unbeatable."

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Noeline Taurua is poised to return for a sixth season at the helm of the Waikato-BOP Magic but, has requested more support staff to lighten her workload.

After losing the first four games this season, Taurua led the Magic on a remarkable 12-match unbeaten run to secure a maiden trans-Tasman title and end New Zealand's five-year drought in the competition.

Taurua then took time out to assess whether she still had the desire, and discovered she wanted to create a dynasty with the Magic.

"My intention is definitely to be there. I want it to be something of substance rather than a one-off aberration. The fire is still in my belly. We are just finalising details," Taurua told the Sunday Star-Times.

The mother-of-four has asked the Magic to appoint an assistant coach, in addition to team manager Belinda Muller and physiotherapist Fiona Goddard, so she can have more balance between her professional and family life.

"We didn't have an assistant coach this year. That's definitely a position I want for 2013.”

To improve New Zealand's most successful netball franchise and chase back-to-back titles, Taurua feels that before she commits, the team need greater access to sports psychologist David Galbraith, who also worked with the championship-winning Chiefs, but those are considered minor details, not deal-breakers.

"Even though we won this year you can't just expect it's going to happen. You've got to keep evolving and bringing in new ideas. We need new support people so we can build on the foundations from 2012," she said.

"I want to take us up another notch in regards to training and the support people that we need around us. ‘It's not conditional. Those are things you've got to discuss. But those are things I need to advance the team."

With the collective agreement yet to be signed off, franchises are in limbo with player contracting for next season. Taurua had already approached her core Silver Ferns - Casey Williams, Leana de Bruin, Laura Langman and Irene van Dyk - to suggest an interesting theory.

"I've spoken to all the players. My take on things is if there's a time that they want to leave, it's now," Taurua said. "We've ticked the box. A lot of them have been with Magic and me for a long time. The timing is right if they want to do something different." All New Zealand teams other than the Northern Mystics are struggling to post profits.

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The Magic, therefore, may find it difficult to find additional money for an assistant coach. However, the franchise is expected to confirm Taurua has recommitted to the team in the next two weeks.

"We're hoping in the next little while we'll make an announcement. We definitely want her back. ," Magic chief executive Sheryl Dawson told the Sunday Star-Times.

"She's a first-class coach. Her credentials speak for themselves."

- Sunday Star Times

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