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New Zealand international Betsy Hassett joined the Blues in January 2014, having plied her trade in America and Germany.

Born in Auckland, Hassett – whose interest in football sparked from her older brothers’ love for the game – is one of her country’s brightest sparks. She made a name for herself in the 2012 London Olympics, where she played a key role in the squad that became the country’s first to reach the second round of a major FIFA tournament.

To progress her footballing career, Hassett moved from New Zealand to America to attend the University of Berkeley. Whilst studying for a range of subjects – including public health, environmental science, philosophy and Swahili – she played for the university team, the California Bears.

During her time in the States, the central midfielder made her international debut in the Football Ferns’ famous 1-0 victory over Argentina in the 2008 Peace Cup. Since then, she has gone on to make 55 appearances, scoring six goals.

Having made such an impressive impact in her homeland, Hassett hopes to increase her country’s awareness of women’s football. In addition to her international exploits, she also spent a year in the Frauen-Bundesliga 2 with SC Sand and is optimistic that her endeavours will serve to help her new team as they bid to tackle England’s top women’s league for the first time. 

Latest tweets: @betsyhassett12

  • Just qualified for the 2015 WorldCup in Canada! #feelingferny (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Excited to be one game closer to the World Cup! @NZ_Football (3 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • First game down with two more to go. Lots of goals today from the Ferns with more to come!! @NZ_Football (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • We parked up right next to breakfast. Just a quick stop over and then onto kopopo!! (8 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • It's that #FootballFerns time again!! #feelingferny for qualifiers (8 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcwfc

  • CHAMPAGNE CHAMPIONS: Fizz in full flow!!
  • CUP WINNERS! Celebrations on the pitch as City Women win the #ContiCup !!
  • FROM THE PRESS BOX: In position as the team walk out... Full twitter commentary to follow!
  • CUP COUNTDOWN: We're counting down to kick off as warm ups come to an end... #mcwfc
  • AYE AYE CAPTAIN: Steph Houghton returns for tonight's game and warms up with Jill Scott
  • HIGH SPIRITS: The team are in a confident mood as they take a walk around Adams Park
  • WE HAVE ARRIVED: Welcome to Wycombe! The flags are out for our #ContiCup final... Come on City!
  • WE'RE COMING FOR YOU: Team talk on the pitch as we look ahead to the #ContiCup final!
  • BACK OUT: The players walk out for the 2nd half! #MCWFC
  • IN FINE FORM: Warm ups continue in the Manchester sunshine #MCWFC
  • FINAL COUNTDOWN: The players warm up ahead of Chelsea... Come on City!
  • THE GLOVES ARE OFF! The team prepare for Sunday with a boxing session - see it tonight on #CityTV
  • The team emerge from the tunnel... Just moments away from kick off #mcwfc
  • 10 minutes til kick off - still time to get to Hyde and support the team! #mcwfc
  • Beautiful sunshine here in Hyde and time for the players to warm up! #mcwfc
  • With 20 minutes to go, its time for Bardsley and Brooks to warm up in goal #mcwfc
  • The team are out warming up ahead of tonights game against Notts County Ladies ! #mcwfc
  • CONTINENTAL CUP: Tag your messages of support with #goodluckMCWFC and your photo could feature in the next programme!
  • CONTINENTAL CUP: Tag your messages of support for the upcoming semi-final with #goodluckMCWFC and your photo could be shown in the programme!
  • NO HOLDS BARRED: Chelsea Nightingale teaches the players how to throw and land. #mcwfc
  • ON THE MATS: Paula Radtke and Betsy Hassett go head-to-head. #mcwfc
  • JUDO: The players watch on as Chelsea Nightingale and sister Kay demonstrate. #mcwfc
  • WARM-UP: Nick Cushing watches on as the MCWFC players take part in a pre-match pass-and-move exercise.
  • Counting down to kick off - and the first time we'll see new recruit Kathleen Radtke. Here she is warming up #mcwfc
  • Karen Bardsley takes the hits as #MCWFC warm up for today's game
  • The team are out warming up ahead of tonight's game against Liverpool! #MCWFC
  • COUNTDOWN: Today's the day! Be part of #MCWFC's historic first home game in the @fawsl!
  • COUNTDOWN: Tomorrow is our first home game of the @FAWSL season! #mcwfc
  • COUNTDOWN: Three days to go until our first home game of the @FAWSL season! #mcwfc
  • COUNTDOWN: Four days to go until our first home game of the @FAWSL season! #mcwfc
  • COUNTDOWN: Five days to go until our first home game of the @FAWSL season! #mcwfc
  • COUNTDOWN: Six days to go until our first home game of the @FAWSL season! #mcwfc

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