Tag: Scratched

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 (WATCH)

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. 

The Chunli dilemma: what happens when you’re too good for New Zealand?

After a short but successful career in China, table tennis champion Chunli Li moved to New Zealand to coach. She soon discovered she was better than everyone, and that was a problem. 

Scratched: Chunli Li, undefeated in New Zealand at 57-years-old (WATCH)

Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, quadruple Commonwealth Games medal winner, Chunli Li. 

Remembering the six bangers from Jump Jam: Volume One

Before Zumba, before Just Dance, before it was once again cool to move in public group settings, there was Jump Jam.

Scratched: Meet the creator of Jump Jam (WATCH)

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.

The first female Nike athlete was most likely a runner from New Zealand

In 1981, New Zealand runner Anne Audain accepted prize money for winning a race. In doing so, she changed the status of professional sports all around the world.

Scratched: The story of New Zealand’s most successful road runner (WATCH)

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.

Watch all of The Spinoff’s new shows right here

This long Easter weekend, lend your eyeballs to our three new productions: Two Sketches with Toby Morris, Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends and On the Rag. 

From Rotorua to Wimbledon: the unlikely tale 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.

Watch: Ruia Morrison, the Māori tennis star who made it to Wimbledon

Introducing Scratched, an original web series that finds and celebrates the lost sporting legends of Aotearoa.