Tag: Scratched

The incredible story of lost tennis legend Ruia Morrison

One of New Zealand's most successful tennis players has fallen through the cracks of sporting history. Madeleine Chapman tells the story of Ruia Morrison, Wimbledon quarter finalist.

Every episode of Scratched is now available to watch on TVNZ On Demand

Meda McKenzie's massive Cook Strait swim, Tuariki Delamere's somersault long jump, Lee Ralph's trailblazing ride to the top of the skateboarding world and more – all streaming now!

‘Take me to the ramp’: The story of skateboarding legend Lee Ralph

More than 30 years after he tore through the global skating world, people still remember the barefoot New Zealander with the wild red beard.

Scratched: Lee Ralph reached the peak of skateboarding – then he disappeared

In the late 1980s, New Zealand skateboarder Lee Ralph had the world at his feet. Then he was kicked out of the US – and out of the limelight for good.

Every New Zealand sports fan should know the name Jane Tehira

In the 1950s she was one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, representing the country in three different sports – but even then, few knew her name.

Scratched: Jane Tehira was New Zealand’s original sporting triple-threat

One of the first names on the team sheet for Auckland in the 1950s – in almost every sport.

The best of The Spinoff’s video series

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The legend of Precious McKenzie

From being rejected by his birth country to winning gold for his adopted home, this is the story of a New Zealand sporting icon.

Scratched: Why Precious McKenzie wanted to lift for New Zealand

VIDEO | At the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand fell in love with English weightlifter Precious McKenzie – and vice versa. So much so that by the next games, he was lifting in a black singlet.

Bring back the Delamere flip

It could have brought a whole new level of excitement to track and field, but the flip's wings were clipped before it had a chance to fly.

How Angela Walker’s Olympic dream became a reality

Winning a gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games was the culmination of a dream 14 years in the making.

Scratched: Angela Walker’s forgotten Commonwealth gymnastics gold

VIDEO | Two New Zealand gymnasts won gold medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games – but only one of them made the headlines.

Weekend binge watch: Meet Aotearoa’s lost sporting legends in Scratched

Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due.

Meet six more of Aotearoa’s lost sporting legends in the new season of Scratched

Season two of the NZ TV Award-winning series features Meda McKenzie, Tuariki Delamere, Lee Ralph and more.

How Tuariki Delamere’s somersault turned the sport of long jump on its head

The Delamere Flip could have revolutionised the long jump – but unlike the high jump's Fosbury Flop, it never got off the ground.

Scratched: How Tuariki Delamere got banned from the long jump

VIDEO | Long jump is one of the oldest events in track and field, virtually the same since the first modern Olympics. Tuariki Delamere wanted to change that.

‘You either swim or you sink’: 23 hours in the Cook Strait with Meda McKenzie

What compels someone to swim in open water for 12 hours, and what motivates them to turn around and swim the whole way back?

Scratched: Meda McKenzie versus the Cook Strait

VIDEO | Not many people have swum across the Cook Strait – fewer still have turned around and swum all the way back again too.

Best of 2020: Scratched meets Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, when Scratched caught up with Joeli Vidiri.

The Bulletin: 5 million Covid vaccines on the way in major new agreement

5 million Covid vaccines on the way in major new agreement, new tourism minister confirms change in industry focus, and an outstanding outline of the current drug law mess.

Joeli Vidiri was as good as you remember

In the Counties-Manukau and Auckland Blues teams of the late 1990s, 'Big Joe' was one half of a double act the likes of which we may never see again.

Scratched: Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due.

It took 60 years, but Ruia Morrison has finally been recognised as a tennis legend

In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.

Scratched: Ruia Morrison was New Zealand’s own Serena Williams

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

Summer binge watch: Scratched, Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends

Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

Summer binge: The five best webisodes on The Spinoff this year

The Spinoff produced four web series in 2019. Here is the cream of the crop, from a table tennis legend to on-air Brazilian wax (sorry Alex).

Woman first, athlete second: Barbara Cox and the struggle for female footballers

When Barbara Cox joined a football team in 1973, she was one of the first women in the country to do so.

Scratched: Barbara Cox, the matriarch of New Zealand football

Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, matriarch of New Zealand football, Barbara Cox.