Auckland’s premier netball side has a new coach heading into the Lion Foundation National Championship. Paula Smith will take up the reins to help guide the team towards their title aspirations. The Netball New Zealand High Performance Coaching Group member brings with her a wealth of experience coaching Auckland-based secondary school premier teams and age-group representative teams. Smith is the assistant coach for the Northern Zone Under23 side and has guided the Mount Albert Grammar School premier team to New Zealand Secondary Schools championships for the last four years. The LFNC runs from September 29 to October 2 in Wellington. Trials for the Auckland squad will be held in August.