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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

North Canberra get first win on board against United

Charley Nisbet, and Kate Allen of North Canberra  take on Katie James of United.

David Polkinghorne North Canberra secured its first win of the Capital League 1 hockey season on Sunday.

Dean Alessi expects ACT Speedway lights to make it tough to defend title

David Polkinghorne ACT champion Dean Alessi is expecting a tough time defending his national four-cylinders title.


Eastlake fightback gives Aspley NEAFL scare

David Polkinghorne After  six games in two years,  Eastlake forward Mitch Frail says running out on to Manuka Oval again felt like it was his first game.

AFL Canberra

Gungahlin Jets make winning return to Canberra AFL first grade

Sport. ACTAFL match at Manuka Oval between Eastlake (red and black) and Gunghalin Jets, Michael Lawless, left and Jasper Kidd.
May 2nd.
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne Gungahlin coach Adrian Pavese hopes the Jets winning return to AFL Canberra first grade is  a "launching pad for the next decade".


Central repeat ACT Hockey grand final victory over Goulburn

Penny Slater of UC and Nicole Wicks of United vie for possession.

David Polkinghorne Goulburn might have lost 3-1 to reigning premiers Central, but coach Steve Downey was confident they would knock off the team that beat them in last year's decider.

Australian football

Gungahlin Jets aiming for finals in AFL Canberra first grade return

Gungahlin Jets player Tim Lewis remembers how tough their last first grad campaign was, while new coach Adrian Pavese brings plenty of finals experience.

David Polkinghorne Coach says success will pave way for other clubs to follow.

Patience, It's A Virtue for Canberra trainer Jules de Smet at Wagga Gold Cup

David Polkinghorne With a Town Plate already under his belt, Canberra trainer Jules de Smet is hoping patience is a virtue when it comes to this year's listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.

Alicia Coutts backs Australia for top-five finish at Rio Olympics

David Polkinghorne Can Australia push for top-five finish at Rio Olympics?

Frank Cleary wins Kevin Sweeney Tribute at Queanbeyan

The Kevin Sweeney Career Tribute F&M benchmark 55 Handicap 1200m race at Queanbeyan Racecourse. 
John Kissick riding By Virtue celebrates the victory.

David Polkinghorne Golden Slipper winner Frank Cleary was just starting out as a trainer when Kevin Sweeney was an apprentice jockey, which made By Virtue's win in the Kevin Sweeney Career Tribute (1200 metres) all the...

Chynna Marston still suffering headaches and memory loss from Tumut fall

Canberra jockey Chynna Marston after her fall in November.

David Polkinghorne Almost six months after her crash, Canberra apprentice jockey Chynna Marston wakes up with a headache and is struggling with her short-term memory.


No NEAFL doubts for Eastlake

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File pic 'Tying the bootlaces

David Polkinghorne Will they suffer their third straight 100-point loss of the year?

Canberra jockey Brendan Ward hoping good form continues into Wagga carnival

Sport.  Race 4 at Queanbeyan Racing Club.  Jockey Brendan Ward after winning Race 4 on Basilus.  9 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne Hoop hoping to take form into Wagga Wagga carnival.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews finishes third in Amstel Gold Race

David Polkinghorne Orica-GreenEDGE young gun Michael Matthews has claimed his second Spring Classics podium in a month.

10-man Belconnen United scare Canberra FC

Sport. Men's Premier League match at Deakin Oval between Canberra FC (red tops) and Belconnen FC (blue tops). Niko Kresic is congratulated after kicking the first of his two goals.
April 19th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen United provide another scare for Deakin-based club.

Western District draws with Central in Canberra hockey

April 19 2015.

Canberra 1st grade hockey at the Lyneham Hockey Fields. United v UC. Tessa Bailey of UC rips one in from the sideline.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

David Polkinghorne Western District pushed reigning premiers Central to a 4-all draw, but coach Adam Baxter says Wests still need to prove to themselves and the competition they are worthy of being...

Canberrans hoping to get picked up in AFL women's draft

Heather Anderson is hoping to get picked in the women's AFL Draft on Monday.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen defender Heather Anderson is unsure what she's more excited about - the chance to get picked in the women's AFL draft on Monday or playing on the MCG in front of 90,000 people on Anzac Day.


Nick Salter kicks 14 in Ainslie's big NEAFL win over Eastlake

David Polkinghorne Ainslie forward Nick Salter is making a habit of kicking big bags of goals against Eastlake, his haul of 14 almost double the Demons' total score at Alan Ray Oval on Saturday.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Mathew Hayman backs Michael Matthews to win Amstel Gold Race

David Polkinghorne Orica-GreenEDGE captain Mathew Hayman says Michael Matthews' disappointment and hunger will help drive him to win the Amstel Gold Race in Holland on Sunday.


Canberra wrestler Nick Verreynne after Australian title

Canberra's Nick Verreynne is competing in the Australian National Wrestling Championships at the AIS  this weekend.

David Polkinghorne Hopes to put Olympic pain behind him.


Eastlake recruit Nick Fothergill wins NEAFL rising star award

David Polkinghorne Ainslie plays Eastlake in first Battle of the Bridge.