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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Keith Dryden, Richie Bensley win Canberra premierships

David Polkinghorne It took until Canberra's very last race of the season to decide the trainers' premiership on Friday.

Matthew Dale likely to finish second in NSW country trainers premiership to banned trainer

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale could finish second in the NSW country trainers' premiership behind a banned trainer.

Boost to Canberra prize money and synthetic Acton track

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing will inject more than $250,000 of "Capital Cash" to boost races at Thoroughbred Park.

Royals beat Wests to advance to John I Dent Cup preliminary final

Canberra Royals player Brett Hamlin celebrates with team mate Brendan Woodward after scoring a try.

David Polkinghorne Wests were one kick away from a top-two finish but have been ousted from the John I Dent Cup in the first week of the finals.

Canberra FC beats Gunhalin United in Canberra National Premier League

Gungahlin player Michael John is pressured by the Canberra defence.

David Polkinghorne Gungahlin United coach Claudio Canosa says his side's focus will be on both the FFA Cup and the ACT NPL.

West Belconnen close in on Canberra Raiders Cup finals berth with victory over Goulburn

West Belconnen Warriors player Ryan McQueen bagged a double against Goulburn.

David Polkinghorne West Belconnen have shored up their spot in the Canberra Raiders Cup top four after toppling Goulburn.

Gungahlin Jets flog Eastlake in AFL Canberra first grade

Gungahlin Jets player Tim Lewis bagged a goal against Eastlake.

David Polkinghorne The Gungahlin Jets flogged Eastlake and might have handed the Demons the AFL Canberra first grade wooden spoon.

Eastlake travel for NEAFL clash with Redland

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David Polkinghorne Eastlake coach Ben Waite says it was "eerie" watching Aussie surfer Mick Fanning's battle with a great white shark in South Africa and it would be something "you'd see at night".

Kayla and John Nisbet to re-form their jockey-trainer partnership

Kayla Nisbet is riding again after a horror run of injuries.

David Polkinghorne A chat with Sydney trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht has reignited Kayla Nisbet's hopes of returning to the city winner's list.

Canberra Darters lose final two games to finish 7th in Australian Netball League

David Polkinghorne Some of the results might not suggest it, but Canberra Darters coach Melinda Clarke says her young squad is heading in the right direction.

Australian football

Ainslie's NEAFL winless streak continues with Southport Sharks thumping

Southport player Lachlan Ritchie takes a mark as the visiting Sharks jumped all over Ainslie.

David Polkinghorne It should have been the perfect time to play a Queensland team - 10.30am in the middle of a frosty Canberra winter - but even the weather is going against Ainslie as their winless streak...

Carl Valeri the 'perfect fit' as Melbourne Victory captain: Paul Wade

David Polkinghorne Former Socceroos captain Paul Wade says Carl Valeri is the "perfect fit" to take over the Melbourne Victory captaincy from departed skipper Mark Milligan.

Southern Stars to target England captain Charlotte Edwards in women's Ashes

Hungry for success: ACT Meteors' Rene Farrell  will take part in the women's Ashes.

David Polkinghorne The last time Australia held the women's Ashes, ACT Meteors quick Rene Farrell took a hat-trick to help take down England.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews targets Tour de France stage wins despite broken ribs

Battling on ... Michael Matthews did not suffer any broken bones in the massive pile-up during stage three of the Tour but he was badly bruised as cyclists ran over him.

David Polkinghorne The gutsy Canberran doesn't want to let a crash ruin his Tour two years in a row.

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole sets two world records on way to world championship gold

Sport.  Multiple Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole is back in Canberra to train at the Swimming Australia National Training Centre at the AIS.   9 January 2014. Canberra Times photograph by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Multiple Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole has overcome a double shoulder reconstruction that threatened to end her career to set two world records on the way to claiming a world title.

Queanbeyan beat Eastlake in AFL Canberra first grade

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan's Brett Fruend believes his side can push Belconnen and Tuggeranong in the ACT first grade AFL comp.

Canberra golfer Brendan Jones returns home due to family reasons

Brendan Jones is battling injury but is confident of rediscovering his best form.

David Polkinghorne Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has returned home to deal with family issues.

Volleyroos miss out on bronze, Kenya win group 3 of World Grand Prix at AIS

Left, Australia player Georgina Rowe in action.

David Polkinghorne  Volleyroos captain Shae Sloane couldn't believe what she was hearing when the tragic news of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh's death came through.

Rush Indulgence makes it a Moruya quinella at Queanbeyan

Rush Indulgence wins a tight finish at Queanbeyan on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne Moruya trainer Michael Gatty owes Chicka Pearson a beverage.