Mackenzie Barry

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Mackenzie Barry was one of five players who joined the Phoenix women for their inaugural season from New Zealand Football’s Future Ferns Domestic Programme (FFDP).

The centre back went on to lead the Nix in clearances, blocks and interceptions during the 2021-22 A-League.

Barry featured in 12 of the team’s matches and captained the Phoenix in the absence of club skipper Lily Alfeld and vice-captain Kate Taylor.

Her performances caught the eye of Football Ferns coach Jitka Klimková, who named Barry in the New Zealand squad for June’s internationals against Norway and Wales.

She went on to make her Football Ferns debut against Japan in October 2022 and has been a regular in national team squads since.

Barry was part of the history-making New Zealand team that claimed a bronze medal at the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Originally from New Plymouth, Barry played for Central Football and Northern Lights in the national women’s premiership before joining the Nix.

> 2022-23 season

Mackenzie Barry was the first player to re-sign with the Phoenix women for the 2022-23 season and was again one of their most consistent performers.

She was one of just three Nix players to start all 18 of the team’s matches in their second A-League campaign and was substituted just once.

Barry led the team in most defensive categories and was second in the league in duels won and fourth in interceptions.

She featured off the bench in both of the Football Ferns’ matches against the U.S.A. in January and was a substitute against Argentina in February and Nigeria in April.

Barry signed a new two-year deal with the Phoenix in June and trained with the Ferns in the lead-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She narrowly missed out on a place in New Zealand’s 23-strong squad for the tournament.









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