Defender Clare Polkinghorne
- Height 171cm
- Weight 67kg
- D.O.B. 1/2/89
Debut: Friendly v China on 19 June 2006 in Shanghai
Clubs played for: Brisbane Toro, Queensland Lions, Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane Roar, INAC Kobe Leonessa, Portland Thorns, Houston Dash
Her 2018 so far:
A veteran among the Westfield Matildas' set up, Polkinghorne claimed a third Premiership with Brisbane Roar after leading the side to glory in 2017/18 season.
The 29-year-old club captain was in vintage form for Roar, netting two goals and helping the side establish the strongest defensive record in the competition.
In June, Polkinghorne signed for Houston Dash - her second stint in the NWSL after previously appearing for Portland Thorns.
She's only featured two times for the Dash this season with the side currently sitting in seventh position.
Tournament of Nations 2018
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