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)
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: van Egmond stunner downs Jets
Westfield Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond lit up the highlights reel with a stunning strike as Melbourne City moved six points clear atop the Westfield W-League ladder. The dynamic van Egmond delivered from distance with a pin-point, second-half strike against Newcastle J
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Luik sends City to six on the spin
Aivi Luik played a starring role as Westfield W-League leaders Melbourne City opened up a three-point gap at the top with a 2-0 win against Brisbane Roar. The Westfield Matildas midfielder netted for the first time in almost two years in the 74th minute to clinch the victory a
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Ibini hits a scorcher, Polkinghorne heads rare goal
Princess Ibini's wonder strike clinched all three points as Sydney FC bounced back from their derby woes with a 2-0 win against Adelaide United in Round 7. With the scores locked at 0-0, the six-cap Westfield Matilda was introduced from the Sky Blues bench on 66 minutes to rep
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Catley sparks City's title challenge
Steph Catley created the goal that earned Melbourne City a three-point lead at the top of the Westfield W-League. A City side crammed with seven Westfield Matildas earned a fifth straight win of the campaign to open up a gap at the top of the ladder on Thursday. Catley saw
‘Spine-tingling’ - Westfield Matildas react to biggest ever home crowd
There were special moments all around Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, 9 November and those memories were made in front of record-smashing crowd. History was forged as the Westfield Matildas raced to a 2-1 victory against Chile in their first ever match at Western Sydney Wanderer
Polkinghorne excited about coaching challenge as Roar chase Championship
Brisbane Roar defender Clare Polkinghorne is making a seamless transition into the coaching world. After a major reshuffle of the Roar's management in the off-season Polkinghorne will line up for Brisbane as both a key player and Assistant Coach under new boss Jake Goodship fo
Signing news: Polkinghorne returns for Brisbane in extended coaching role
Captain, leader, Westfield Matilda, two-time Julie Dolan Medal winner, Brisbane Roar stalwart, and now for Clare Polkinghorne, assistant coach. The experienced Australian international is returning to Brisbane for an incredible 12th season and will extend her role into the clu
Polkinghorne departs Houston Dash for family reasons
Clare Polkinghorne is heading back to Australia after parting ways with her American National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) side Houston Dash. The Dash announced on Thursday (AEST) that Polkinghorne had been released immediately to return home due to "personal family reasons".
Aussies Abroad: Kerr’s Red Stars edge forward in nail-biting NWSL title race
Sam Kerr's Chicago Red Stars are keeping the pressure on their National Women's Soccer League title rivals following a 1-0 win at Washington Spirit. Yuki Nagasato, who starred for Brisbane Roar in the Westfield W-League 2018/19, grabbed the winner to secure the Red Stars' fift
NWSL preview: Westfield Matildas trio eyeing spot on top of ladder
Hayley Raso, Ellie Carpenter and Caitlin Foord will be celebrating going top of the National Women's Soccer League if Portland Thorns can clinch three points on the road against Utah Royals on Saturday. Recording only two wins from their first five matches, the NWSL powerhouse
Aussies Abroad: Kerr's sensational trick lights up Red Stars' win against Dash
An outrageous piece of skill from Sam Kerr lit up Chicago Red Stars' road win against Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League. Mexico international forward Katie Johnson scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 triumph after only seven minutes, but Kerr's magnificent flick
NWSL weekend preview: Polkinghorne and Kerr to duel when Dash host Chicago
It could be a case of out of the frying pan into a Sam Kerr-stoked fire for Clare Polkinghorne when her Houston Dash side come up against the Chicago Red Stars in Sunday morning's National Women's Soccer League clash (kick-off 10.30am AEST). Polkinghorne played her first match