Netball: Dame Noeline Taurua expects changes this time round as Silver Ferns head coach

After almost two months of searching for the next Silver Ferns coach, Netball NZ has ended up where it started.

Dame Noeline Taurua returns to the job feeling re-energised for the role, but admits things need to change both on and off the court before the next World Cup.

A familiar face in a familiar setting, but Dame Noeline wants this time to be different. 

Dame Noeline Taurua confirmed for another team as Silver Ferns coach.
Dame Noeline Taurua confirmed for another team as Silver Ferns coach. Photo credit: Photosport

"I suppose everything was laid bare," she told Newshub.  

Netball NZ's process to re-appoint Taurua may have seemed lengthy, but it's shone a light on a need for change. 

Taurua has voiced her concerns about the structure of the team behind the scenes and has demanded systematic changes. 

"Around the behaviours, around ownership, around responsibility that needed to happen within the team environment from all parties that's invested," she said. 

Hopefully, that will lead to a better World Cup campaign, after the Kiwi side failed to medal at Cape Town for the first time last year. 

Despite admitting she wants to be at the 2027 tournament, her latest contract will finish a year beforehand, with an option to extend

"It gives us a chance to check in and make sure everything is on track, before those pinnacle events," said Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie.

If they aren't, some believe ANZ Premiership coaches aren't stepping up. 

"You can say, 'Give a coach an opportunity'," former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering told Newshub. "No, no, you earn the right to be named Silver Ferns coach and at the moment, I don't believe we have someone who's ready to take on that role." 

Netball NZ will discuss with Taurua what support she will receive in a few months, but she knows winning is no longer just down to her. 

"To some degree, we have to work a wee bit smarter, but everyone needs to be on that boat and every one needs to contribute," she said.

The same Dame, but with different expectations this time around.