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)
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".
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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
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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