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 28)
Original team(s) Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 41, 2007 National Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height / weight 184cm / 87kg
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2014 Brisbane Lions 94 (53)
2016 Essendon 07 0(1)
Total 101 (54)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.

James Polkinghorne (born 21 January 1989) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played with the Brisbane Lions and 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.[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]

Statistics[edit]

[6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2008 Brisbane Lions 31 4 0 2 10 12 22 10 10 0.0 0.5 2.5 3.0 5.5 2.5 2.5
2009 Brisbane Lions 31 20 15 9 111 105 216 86 48 0.8 0.5 5.6 5.3 10.8 4.3 2.4
2010 Brisbane Lions 31 15 6 4 79 126 205 48 50 0.4 0.3 5.3 8.4 13.7 3.2 3.3
2011 Brisbane Lions 31 22 14 17 193 158 351 69 83 0.6 0.8 8.8 7.2 16.0 3.1 3.8
2012 Brisbane Lions 31 20 13 8 173 106 279 66 47 0.7 0.4 8.7 5.3 14.0 3.3 2.4
2013 Brisbane Lions 31 11 5 5 88 74 162 38 12 0.5 0.5 8.0 6.7 14.7 3.5 1.1
2014 Brisbane Lions 31 2 0 0 9 9 18 2 5 0.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 9.0 1.0 2.5
2016 Essendon 50 7 1 3 38 67 105 24 7 0.1 0.4 5.4 9.6 15.0 3.4 1.0
Career 101 54 48 701 657 1358 343 262 0.5 0.5 6.9 6.5 13.4 3.4 2.6

References[edit]

  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. 
  6. ^ "James Polkinghorne stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

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