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 25)
Original team Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft #41, 2007 National Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height/Weight 184cm / 87kg
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Number 31
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008– Brisbane Lions 92 (53)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.

James Polkinghorne (born 21 January 1989) is an Australian rules footballer for the Brisbane Lions 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 and 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]


  1. ^ a b Simon White; Dummy run should help Polkinghorne; 2007-11-26
  2. ^ William, Rebecca; Tgers keep the faith; 2008-04-26
  3. ^ Whiting, Michael; Winning torp was 'instinct';2012-06-04

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