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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Canberra cyclist Michael Rogers aiming for more stage wins at 2015 Tour de France

David Polkinghorne Three-time world champion Michael Rogers says proving he is still good enough to compete at the highest level was more satisfying than his Tour de France and Giro d'Italia stage wins this year.


Brendan Jones ditches his broomstick putter

Canberra's Brendan Jones has ditched the broomstick putter.

David Polkinghorne Putting problems are often fixed with a switch to a broomstick putter, but Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has done the opposite, throwing the long putter away in favour of a traditional one.


Canberra jockey Carly Frater ready to return on Back To Zero in Bombala Cup

Carly Frater has been cleared to return to racing after a heavy fall in August.

David Polkinghorne With two female jockeys dying this week, Canberra apprentice jockey Carly Frater could be excused for cancelling her return to racing after a fall left her unconscious with a broken collarbone in...


Melbourne defender Jason Geria hopes to inspire Canberrans like Carl Valeri

Jason Geria.

David Polkinghorne Growing up in Canberra, Melbourne Victory defender Jason Geria idolised Socceroos star Carl Valeri.


Neville Layt aiming Grand Proposal towards NSW Country Championships


David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan trainer Neville Layt is expecting Grand Proposal to come back in the autumn as a very good filly and thinks she could make at a tilt at the inaugural NSW Country Championships (1400...


Canberra Cavalry's Robbie Perkins and Adam Silva picked for under-21 Baseball World Cup

Robbie Perkins: named in the Australian U21 squad.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Cavalry catcher Robbie Perkins has a chance to be part of sporting history after he was named in the Australian squad to contest the first-ever under-21 Baseball World Cup, which will be...


Socceroos legend Ned Zelic says Canberra deserves A-League team

Canberra's Ned Zelic is an Asian Cup ambassador.

David Polkinghorne Socceroos legend Ned Zelic says Canberra deserves to  have an A-League club and next year's Asian Cup  was a  chance to once again prove the ACT deserves to be represented in our...


Time for Canberra Heat women to deliver on promise of youth, says coach

Canberra Heat.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Heat women's coach Nic Kaiser says his team can no longer use youth as an excuse and it's time for the team to deliver on the Australian Volleyball League stage.


Canberra Lakers to play off for wooden spoon, while Strikers flog Tassie in Australian Hockey League

Andrew Charter

David Polkinghorne Kookaburras goalkeeper Andrew Charter thinks his World Cup and Commonwealth Games form should keep him in the Australian squad for the Champions Trophy in India in December.


Joe Cleary takes Landlocked to Sydney and helps get John Nisbet back in the saddle

Joe Cleary

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary is unsure of what he's most nervous about - Landlocked travelling to Sydney looking for  a hat-trick of wins or good mate John Nisbet getting back into the saddle...


Canberra jockey Kayla Nisbet considers retiring

Kayla Nisbet is weighing up her future in the saddle.

David Polkinghorne Canberra apprentice Kayla Nisbet is considering retiring as a jockey and is taking three months off competitive riding to consider her future in the sport.


Canberra Cavalry boasts one of best starting pitcher rotations in ABL

Tim Atherton in action  for Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's returning to the Canberra Cavalry.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Cavalry operations manager Tom Vincent says it will have one of the best starting pitcher rotations in the Australian Baseball League this season after bringing Tim Atherton back to his...


Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien hopes to reproduce fastest World Cup century at Manuka Oval

Irish cricketer Kevin O'Brien in the nets at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Sir Viv Richards are the names that come to mind when you think about the fastest World Cup century, but that honour goes to Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien.

Mountain Biking

Tim Eaton endures fractured kneecap to reclaim NSW-ACT Downhill Mountain Bike crown

Sport.  NSW-ACTState Series at Stromlo Forest Park.  Rider Tim Eaton.    5 October 2014 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne It took doctors seven months to discover he had a cracked knee cap, but Canberra's Tim Eaton reclaimed the NSW-ACT Downhill Mountain Bike Series elite men's crown at Mount Stromlo on Sunday.

Mountain Biking

Tegan Molloy inspired to claim world downhill crown by roommate Caroline Buchanan

Tegan Molloy says the success of roommate Caroline Buchanan pushed her to win the world downhill crown.

David Polkinghorne Rooming with multiple world champion Caroline Buchanan proved to be the catalyst for Jindabyne downhill mountain biker Tegan Molloy to claim her own world crown.


Robbie McEwen predicts Tour de France heartache to drive Michael Matthews to 2015 glory

Michael Matthews should come back better after missing the Tour de France.

David Polkinghorne It was the crash that ruined Michael Matthews' 2014 Tour de France dream, but Aussie sprint king Robbie McEwen thinks it could result in  the Canberra young gun having a massive 2015 including a...


Calypso king Phil Simmons hoping to guide Ireland to World Cup contention

Irish Cricket Team coach Phil Simmons at the Irish Embassy in Canberra.

David Polkinghorne Ireland coach, West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons, has grand plans for next year's Cricket World Cup


Pirates pitcher John Holdzkom's success underlines merit of Australian Baseball League

David Polkinghorne Australian Baseball League general manager Ben Foster says they always knew they were a breeding ground for the next Major League stars, but John Holdzkom's rapid rise from obscurity to play-offs...

Australian football

Jeremy Rowe re-signs as Belconnen Magpies coach despite team dropping out of NEAFL

David Polkinghorne But still wants to coach at a higher level.


Frank Cleary to target Queanbeyan Cup with That's Freedom

That's Freedom.

David Polkinghorne That's Freedom is no Black Caviar, but legendary trainer Frank Cleary will push on towards the Queanbeyan Cup after his gutsy all-the-way victory in the benchmark 60 handicap (1460 metres) at the...