City on Hassett:
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.