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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Australian football

Eastlake coach Ben Waite says there's more Harrison Himmelbergs in pipeline for AFL draft

David Polkinghorne  Demons' tough 2015 could reap rewards at next year's AFL draft.

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg Canberra's 'most likely' in AFL draft

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is off to the AFL national draft combine.

David Polkinghorne But ACT's SANFL duo could follow in Melbourne forward Aaron vandenBerg's footsteps.

Chris Judd predicts Jason Tutt will establish himself at Carlton

David Polkinghorne Can the Canberra product establish himself in the AFL next year?

Australian football

GWS Giants to play Geelong, Richmond and Port Adelaide at Manuka Oval

GWS Giants recruit Steve Johnson will face his old club for the first time at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Two full houses expected at Manuka Oval following Canberra's best Giants fixtures yet.

GWS Giants to play Port Adelaide and '2 big Victorian clubs' in AFL 2016 fixture

Logan Austin and Jack Steele could play against each other for the first time when the Giants take on Port at Manuka Oval next year.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's AFL games start to take shape for 2016.

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg nervous about AFL draft combine despite starring

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is off to the AFL national draft combine.

David Polkinghorne Will the Eastlake forward get drafted?

Robert de Castella recalls Angry Anderson and the Batmobile

Marathon champion Robert de Castella hasn't been invited back for the second grand final edition of Hawthorn v West Coast.

David Polkinghorne The Aussie marathon champ reveals what it was like in the Batmobile.

Ainslie's Bec Goddard wins Football Woman of the Year honorary award

David Polkinghorne Can Canberra's Bec Goddard land a gig in the AFL?

GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron says Harry Himmelberg genuine AFL draft prospect

David Polkinghorne What was dual Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd's reaction to Nat Fyfe's win?

Ainslie coach Bec Goddard in running for Football Woman of the Year award

David Polkinghorne Whether it's men's or women's AFL, Ainslie assistant coach Bec Goddard wants to mentor at the highest level possible.

Pressure on sports stars like Sydney Swan Lance Franklin can make them more susceptible to mental illness

Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett says sports stars are squeezed from all sides by expectation.

David Polkinghorne Does being a high-profile athlete like Lance Franklin make you more susceptible to mental illness?

Greater Western Sydney aims for Giant AFL crowds in Canberra

Could Will Minson be a Giant next season?

David Polkinghorne Can the GWS Giants land a mature ruckman like Bulldogs' Will Minson to back up Shane Mumford?


Chief Minister Andrew Barr calls for AFL funds for Manuka Oval

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants the AFL to chip in some cash for Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Will the Giants come to town more often?


AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says success in Canberra 'inevitable'

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the National Press Club.

David Polkinghorne Will Giants' success on the field help the AFL regain lost ground in Canberra?

AFL should call off games if Adam Goodes boo boys persist

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David Polkinghorne It's time for the AFL to take a stance of its own and call off games if the moronic boo brigade continues.

Tuggeranong's Gerrit Wanganeen says Adam Goodes a strong voice for young indigenous footballers

Tuggeranong Hawks legend Gerrit Wanganeen will play in the EJ Whitten AFL Legends match in Melbourne.

David Polkinghorne Tuggeranong stalwart Gerrit Wanganeen hopes the turmoil surrounding Adam Goodes doesn't stop young indigenous footballers from standing up to racism in the future.

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg picked for AFL draft combine

Canberra's Harrison Himmelberg.

David Polkinghorne  Canberra's Harrison Himmelberg is one of the 76 players named on Monday for this year's AFL national draft combine.

Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is Canberra's best AFL draft prospect: Kevin Sheehan

Harry Himmelberg, right, is a great AFL draft prospect.

David Polkinghorne Eastlake's Harrison Himmelberg is shaping as Canberra's best prospect at this year's draft.

Geelong Cats belt GWS Giants in ugly AFL contest in front of soldout Manuka

GWS player Jack Steele.

David Polkinghorne The Cats proved too strong for GWS in front of nearly 15,000 fans at Manuka Oval on Saturday.

GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron says it's too early to write off Geelong veterans

David Polkinghorne Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says if Geelong wants to offload some of their aging premiership stars, then they'll be more than welcome to travel up the Hume Highway.