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184 cm
87 kg
2018 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Strathmore/Calder U18 (VIC)
Clubs: Brisbane Lions/Essendon VFL
Debut: Rd 6 2008
Recruited from: Essendon VFL
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James Polkinghorne is an exciting small forward and midfielder who has earned the respect from his team-mates for his fearless approach to each contest. He is an excellent overhead mark for a player of his size and has a booming right capable of reaching the goals from well beyond 50m.

Season by Season

Season by Season

On the back of a solid pre-season, Polkinghorne featured as part of the Lions' premiership-winning NAB Cup side, and did enough to earn a place in the senior side for Round 1.

Playing mostly across half-forward, he started the season relatively slowly, averaging just nine disposals and laying one tackle across the opening three rounds, and was subsequently dropped.

He was soon recalled to the side in Round 5, and proceeded to average 24 touches as a pinch-hitting midfielder, including a career-best 30 possessions against Melbourne at the Gabba.  

He was relegated back to the Reserves after Round 10, and managed just two more senior appearances, spending most of the second half of the season in the NEAFL.

Polkinghorne finished the season with just 11 senior games - his lowest tally since his debut season of 2008. During the off-season he weighed up a move back home to Melbourne, but ended up re-signing with the Club for another year after speaking with new Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch.

Season by Season

Polkinghorne played 20 of the teams 22 matches – missing two games early in the season with a minor ankle strain.
He played a variety of roles in the midfield and across half-forward, and was even used occasionally to nullify the effectiveness of the opposition’s most attacking defender.
Undoubtedly his finest performance was in Round 10 against the West Coast Eagles when he kicked three goals – including the match-winner – in one of the upsets of the season. Polkinghorne’s 60m torpedo on the run in the dying stages of the match was arguably the most memorable moment for the Lions in 2012.

Season by Season

Despite undergoing a hernia operation during the pre-season, Polkinghorne was one of only five Lions players to play in every match throughout the 2011 season.
He played more regularly through the midfield and averaged a career-high 15.9 disposals and kicked 14 goals.
He collected double-figure disposals in every match of 2011, with the exception of the Essendon game in Round 8 at the Gabba when he was concussed early in the first quarter by a crude elbow from Heath Hocking which resulted in a lengthy suspension for the Bombers player.

Season by Season

After playing four matches in his debut season, Polkinghorne became a regular member of the Lions' senior side in 2009.
He played 20 consecutive games after earning a senior spot in Round 5 against Geelong at Skilled Stadium and remained an integral part of the Club's first Finals campaign in five years.
Playing predominantly as a lead-up small forward, Polkinghorne kicked 15 goals to finish 4th on the Club's goal-kicking tally behind Jonathan Brown, Daniel Bradshaw and Justin Sherman. He kicked multiple goals six times throughout the season and became a handy weapon in attack. 
He was occasionally moved into the middle where his size and aggression proved useful. He collected a career-best 20 disposals against the Western Bulldogs in Round 20 at the Gabba.
Polkinghorne finished 16th in the Club Champion award at season's end and became highly regarded as one of the team's young stars of the future.

Season by Season

Polkinghorne’s tremendous work ethic during his first pre-season program earned him selection in the Lions’ side for their NAB Cup opener against Essendon at Gold Coast Stadium.
Highly regarded by the Lions coaches, the young Victorian spent the opening weeks of the season playing with the Lions Reserves side before he was rewarded with senior selection in Round 6 against Melbourne at the Gabba.
In limited match-time, Polkinghorne collected 10 disposals and showed plenty of his natural ‘grunt’ in the middle. Unfortunately he sustained a knee injury in his debut match which forced him to miss the following week.
He earned a senior recall in Round 12 and played a further three senior matches before spending the remainder of the season in the Lions Reserves side.

Season by Season

Polkinghorne established himself as a solid part of the Lions’ forward line and also as a midfielder in 2010, with 205 disposals and six goals for the season.
Polkinghorne played his first game for 2010 in round 3 against Port Adelaide, and gathered 21 disposals.
He performed exceptionally in the round 8 clash against Geelong where he collected a career-high 29 disposals, and then against Collingwood in round 10, but was then forced to the sidelines for three games with a quad injury.
He returned in round 14 against Carlton, before being sidelined again in rounds 18 and 19, this time with a corked thigh which he suffered in round 17 against Geelong.
Despite his quad and hamstring injuries, Polkinghorne still managed 15 games in 2010 and has become a regular fixture on the senior side.


By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 101
    • Kicks 6.9
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 13.4
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 56.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013
Handballs 19 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2010
Disposals 30 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013
Marks 10 North Melbourne Rd 17, 2009
Hit-outs 2 St Kilda Rd 9, 2016
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 14, 2011
Goals 3 West Coast Eagles Rd 10, 2012
AFL Fantasy 112 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Brisbane Lions

4th Lions Leading Goal-Kicker

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player

Essendon VFL

R.A Freeman Medalist



Other Awards

Victoria Metro U18 Representative

Calder Cannons Best and Fairest Runner-Up

Calder Cannons Premiership Player