Defender Clare Polkinghorne
- Height 171cm
- Weight 67kg
- D.O.B. 1/2/89
Date of birth: 1 February 1989 (30 years old)
Debut: Friendly v China on 19 June 2006 in Shanghai, China (2-0 loss)
Clubs played for: Brisbane Toro, Queensland Lions, Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane Roar, INAC Kobe Leonessa (JPN), Portland Thorns (USA), Houston Dash (USA)
Previous World Cups: 2007, 2011, 2015
Her 2019 so far:
One of the most experienced of Ante Milicic's squad, France 2019 will see the Brisbane Roar and Houston Dash defender contest her fourth World Cup, alongside goalkeeper Lydia Williams and forward Lisa De Vanna.
Polkinghorne once again proved her worth for Roar in 2018/19, providing a steady presence at the back during a Westfield W-League campaign that saw them finish second on the ladder.
The 30-year-old made 13 starts, pulled off 20 tackles and made 31 interceptions as the Roar finished above eventual Grand Finalists Sydney FC and Perth Glory.
While principally a defender, she has found the net on nine occasions for the Westfield Matildas, with her most recent strike earning the team a 1-1 draw with fellow World Cup hopefuls England in a friendly at Craven Cottage, London, in October 2018.
World Cup 2019 (W)
My Westfield Matildas Story: Clare Polkinghorne - 'Ever since we started playing, this is what we've been working towards'
Representing Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup has always been the dream of Westfield Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne...Polkinghorne, 30, is about to fulfil that lifelong ambition yet again when she makes her fourth appearance at the tournament in France 2019. Des
Polkinghorne's key takeaway from Netherlands defeat
The Westfield Matildas went down 3-0 to the Netherlands in their final FIFA Women’s World Cup™ warm-up match on Sunday morning (AEST). After the match, www.matildas.com.au caught up with defender Clare Polkinghorne. Read on for her thoughts on areas the team need to fix, fa
Polkinghorne: High-intensity Westfield Matildas primed to perform in France
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Your Westfield Matildas 2019 World Cup squad guide: Defenders
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Aussies Abroad: Foord strikes as Westfield Matildas face off
Caitlin Foord was on target in the battle of the Westfield Matildas as Portland Thorns beat Orlando Pride 3-1 in the National Women's Soccer League. Foord, Ellie Carpenter and Hayley Raso’s Portland came from behind against Emily van Egmond’s Pride, who were without defender A
NWSL preview: Ever-present Polkinghorne key for Houston's clash with Utah
Houston Dash are due a big examination of their title credentials against early National Women's Soccer League pacesetters Utah Royals on Sunday morning (AEST). But if there's anyone who can help the Dash land a statement of intent, it's Westfield Matildas defender Clare Polki
Aussies Abroad: Polkinghorne repels Orlando to put Dash third
Clare Polkinghorne’s Houston Dash rose to third on the National Women’s Soccer League ladder with a tight 1-0 win over Orlando Pride on Monday morning (AEST). Westfield Matildas veteran Polkinghorne has not missed a minute of the season yet for Houston and was influential in h
NWSL weekend preview: Kerr has Williams to beat as Chicago face Reign FC
We’re only two weeks into the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League campaign and a few Westfield Matildas stars are already lighting up the competition. Sam Kerr continues to find the net for the Chicago Red Stars while Alanna Kennedy – fresh from scoring the Goal of the Round i
Aussies Abroad: Kerr on the scoresheet again as Matildas derby ends all square
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Westfield Matildas forwards dominate opening weekend of NWSL
Good news if you're a Westfield Matildas fan; Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord were both brilliant in the opening round of National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) over the weekend. In the type of news many were hoping to hear in the lead-up to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the two
Aussies Abroad: Foord scores as Portland Thorns win in Orlando
Caitlin Foord has transferred her stunning form for the Westfield Matildas into the National Women's Soccer League opener, scoring and dishing an assist in a 2-0 win for Portland Thorns over Orlando Pride. After spending last season as the bridesmaids - finishing second in bot
Polkinghorne: Every session crucial on road to the World Cup
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup just two months away, Clare Polkinghorne says the Westfield Matildas are using every session to ensure they at their peak for the tournament in France. Polkinghorne is one of a number of USA-based players who have begun to arrive in camp to prep