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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Former Opal Kristen Veal tests herself at Women's AFL talent search

David Polkinghorne  Former Opal and three-time Canberra Capitals premiership player, Kristen Veal, could be part of the inaugural Women's AFL next year.

Australian football

Plenty of NEAFL talent for Essendon to consider

Former Port Adelaide forward Nick Salter says there's plenty of talent in the NEAFL Essendon should consider.

David Polkinghorne Former Port Adelaide forward Nick Salter backs second-tier competition as breeding ground.

Dustin Martin case gives AFL perfect chance to launch violence against women round

Nathan Costigan says alcohol is an excuse and not the reason behind violence against women.

David Polkinghorne Tara Costigan's cousin says the AFL has the perfect chance to help reduce violence against women.

GWS Giants put hand up to be part of women's AFL

Could Heather Anderson play for the GWS Giants at Manuka Oval as part of the proposed women's AFL?

David Polkinghorne The GWS Giants will be part of inaugural women's season if the AFL's structure allows them to be.

GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis says Nick Maxwell will be 'enormous acquisition'

GWS co-captain Phil Davis will tap into Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell's vast experience.

David Polkinghorne Phil Davis wants to tap into Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell's leadership experience.

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.