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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Australian football

Ainslie and Eastlake get off to losing start in NEAFL

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David Polkinghorne Ainslie coach Chris Rourke is expecting a tough Canberra derby next after both ACT teams were outplayed in their NEAFL season openers on Saturday.

Belconnen United form alliance with A-League club Sydney FC

SPORT: FFA Centre of Excellence v Sydney FC Youth at the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce. Sydney FC Youth player George Timetheou in action. 8th February 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen United will kick off its premiership defence by creating a genuine pathway to the A-League.

Canberra clubs Ainslie and Eastlake expecting tough new NEAFL structure

Eastlake captain-coach Ben Waite, left, and Ainslie recruit Jesse Manton at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Ainslie coach Chris Rourke says the Tricolours "expect to play finals" in 2015.

Just A Blur to back up in $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes

Just A Blur is an outsider for the Queen Of The Turf at Randwick on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne Just a Blur given a crack at country's best.

Artlee wins inaugural NSW Country Championships

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David Polkinghorne Canberra horses can't match Artlee's withering finish.

Lauren Wells and Melissa Breen among Canberra's chances at the Stawell Gift

Lauren Wells will take on the Stawell Gift before heading to China.

David Polkinghorne Olympian Lauren Wells is unsure what she is most excited about.

Racing NSW look to make NSW Country Champs 'bigger and better'

Support: Racing NSW Chief Steward Ray Murrihy.

David Polkinghorne Plans are afoot to make next year's NSW Country Championships "bigger and better".

Racing

Canberra trainer Nick Olive goes on Easter feed hunt after NSW Country Champs postponement

Canberra trainer Stephen O'Brien with his horse Rose's Song.

David Polkinghorne Instead of an Easter egg hunt, Canberra trainer Nick Olive went looking for feed as Sydney's rain washed out the inaugural final of the $300,000 NSW Country Championships (1400 metres) at Randwick on...

Racing

Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien happy with Rose's Song ahead of the NSW Country Champs

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Canberra trainer Stephen O'Brien with his horse Rose's Song at his stables at Thoroughbred Park. 

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2 April 2015

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien splits his time between the three family businesses - the farm near Hall, the construction business, as well as breeding and training horses.

Senior Canberra racing identities Keith Dryden and Kevin Sweeney part ways

Kevin Sweeney spent 12 years working with trainer Keith Dryden.

David Polkinghorne After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Championships path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000...

Baseball

Belconnen Bandits upset Ainslie-Gungahlin Bears to win ACT Baseball crown

SPORT: These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Tim Beard and Hayden Beard who play for the Bandits and Lee Mills, Reece Mills and Trent Mills who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final. 26th March 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Is the minor premiership a poisoned chalice?

Canberra para-cyclist Sue Powell claims back-to-back world crowns

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David Polkinghorne Evergreen Sue Powell is once again champion of the world, but the Canberra para-cyclist knows her competition is "coming to get her".

Water polo

Water Polo ACT could be homeless with Civic pool closure

sport. 28th March 2015.  ACT Water Polo Champions. ACT first Grade women's teams Nordek vs Vikings. (from left) Vikings player Karen Penney, and Nordek player Mel Taylor.

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David Polkinghorne Dual Olympian John Fox says Water Polo ACT could be homeless following the expected closure of the Civic pool.

Canberra breeder Bernie Howlett takes trifecta with Brazen Beau

David Polkinghorne A group 1 jockey, a group 1 trainer and now Bernie Howlett is a group 1 breeder. He could also have Australia's next sprinting star frolicking about in his paddocks on the outskirts of Canberra soon.

Claire Falls' vision to expand FEVER after saving Pararoos

Canberra's Claire Falls, 12, has become a campaigner for inclusive sport.

David Polkinghorne She helped save the Pararoos, now Canberra schoolgirl Claire Falls wants to make soccer more inclusive.

Three Mills and Beard brothers in Ainslie-Gungahlin Bears - Belconnen Bandits ACT Baseball decider

These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Hayden Beard and Tim Beard who play for the Bandits and Trent Mills, Lee Mills and Reece Mills  who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final.

David Polkinghorne Narrabundah Ballpark will resemble the set of ''Family Feud'' with three brothers from the Mills and Beard families squaring up in the ACT Baseball first-grade grand final series, which starts on...

Capital Football investigating pre-season brawl

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David Polkinghorne Capital Football will investigate allegations a spectator was involved in a brawl during a pre-season trial and has vowed any punishment handed out will be just as strong as if it was a regular...

Joseph and Jones taking on NSW Country Champs wildcard at Muswellbrook

Trainer Paul Jones.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones already have one runner in the $300,000 NSW Country Championships (1400 metres), now they want another.