James Polkinghorne (footballer)

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James Polkinghorne
Personal information
Full name James Polkinghorne
Date of birth (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 27)
Original team(s) Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 41, 2007 National Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height/Weight 184cm / 87kg
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 50
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Brisbane Lions
94 (53)
00 0(0)
94 (53)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.

James Polkinghorne (born 21 January 1989) is a professional Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Polkinghorne possesses an exceptional leaping ability thanks to his volleyball background with St. Bernard's College and for the U15 Victorian schoolboys side.[1]

Polkinghorne is a high possession winner and utility player who excels at the stoppages. He represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL U18 Championships. In 2007 he made his senior debut with Coburg in the Victorian Football League as part of a trial program. Runner-up in the Calder Cannons' Best and Fairest award for 2007, he is the son of former Hawthorn player Robert Polkinghorne, nephew of Hawks star David Polkinghorne and grandson of tennis star Helen Angwin[1]

Polkinghorne made his debut in Round 6, 2008 at the Gabba against Melbourne.[2]

He is often compared to Adelaide's Jason Porplyzia due to similar playing style and scoring ability.

Polkinghorne received considerable media attention for kicking a match winning torpedo goal from the centre square in the dying minutes of Brisbane's Round 10, 2012 victory over ladder leaders West Coast.[3]

He was delisted by the Lions at the end of the 2014 season.

In February 2015, Polkinghorne was given a short-term contract by Essendon to play in the 2015 NAB Challenge as a "top-up" player, due to 26 Essendon players withdrawing from the NAB Challenge because of the ongoing Essendon Football Club supplements controversy.[4]

In January 2016, he was signed with Essendon as a top-up player.[5]


  1. ^ a b Simon White; Dummy run should help Polkinghorne; 2007-11-26
  2. ^ William, Rebecca; Tigers keep the faith; 2008-04-26
  3. ^ Whiting, Michael; Winning torp was 'instinct';2012-06-04
  4. ^ Twomey, Callum. "'It's the perfect opportunity': Top-up Bomber eyes second chance". afl.com.au. AFL. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Guthrie, Ben (29 January 2016). "James Polkinghorne and Mathew Stokes the latest to top up at Essendon". AFL.com.au (Bigpond). Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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