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Jeff Farmer

Image DOB: 24 June 1977

Debut: Round 1, 1995 against Geelong at Kardinia Park
Last MFC Game: Round 22, 2001 against Western Bulldogs at Docklands

From: Tambellup/East Fremantle/Fremantle

Number: 33 1995-2001. Also wore 8 for the first half of 1999

Honours:
All Australian - 2000
Goal of the Year - 1998
Western Australia state player - 1998
Leading Goalkicker - 1997, 1998, 2000
Australian International Rules player - 1998

Games: 118 (249 total)
Goals: 259 (483 total)
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
5206644.06

Statistical categories led:
Most goals in jumper 33

The 1992 All-Australian high school player was labelled as "a wizard" by the Demons' Western Australian recruiter before he crossed to Melbourne and found that nickname stuck when he travelled east. Fremantle had the rights to Farmer but chose to swap them for defender Phil Gilbert, and the brilliant forward debuted in the opening round of 1995. He made an immediate impact by goalling with his first kick in league football and along with Sean Charles became one of the few reasons for Demons fans to be excited throughout 1996.

Ever exciteable and willing to play on, he famously handballed to the back of Garry Lyon in the goalsquare in a game that year. Despite this well publicised blunder Farmer was voted most improved player of 1996.

Despite reported interest from Port Adelaide at the end of that year Farmer remained with the Demons on a new two year contract, but they almost lost their wizard in early 1997 after he returned to Western Australia for personal reasons shortly before Christmas and then failed to return. He was suffering extreme homesickness, and two of his uncles had recently passed away. It took a visit by Neil Balme and Garry Lyon to convince him to return

Farmer improved further in 1997 - booting six goals in the Demons Round 22 victory over Fremantle - but became a star in 1998. That season he kicked goal of the year when in the Round 11 clash with Hawthorn when he ran the length of the ground, gave off 2 handballs, received the ball back, evaded multiple opposition players and kicked a goal from 45 meters out on the boundary line.

In the Round 22, 1998 match against Richmond he leapt high on the shoulders of Garry Lyon to take what many considered to be the mark of the year. It didn't win, but the image of the grab has become an iconic shot. Having a purple patch at the end of the season he was also most exciting player of that year's finals series, and he dominated both Adelaide and St. Kilda. At the end of the year Farmer signed a three year contract extension to keep him at the Dees.

In 1999 Farmer switched to number 8 as a tribute to the number his uncles had worn at Tambellup, but switched back to his old number 33 before Round 19 after suffering a form slump.

Returning to form in 2000, Farmer was back to his electrifying self. In the most amazing of all performances he kicked nine goals in the second half of the round 14 game against Collingwood. After a terrible first half he was benched, but when Ben Beams broke his wrist Farmer was sent back on and booted nine goals in a row before missing perhaps the easiest show of all for his tenth.

Farmer was one of the prime movers in his side's run to the 2000 Grand Final. He booted eight goals in the Preliminary Final and was his side's only effective forward in the big loss to Essendon a week later. It was later revealed that he played the finals series with a broken rib.

At the end of that year he was named in the All-Australian side as a forward pocket in 2000, but was later axed from the International Rules squad to play Ireland after failing to attend training sessions.

Mike Sheahan ranked Farmer 48th in his 2001 pre-season Top 50 list, but along with the rest of his side he suffered a dip of form that year. On January 3, 2001 he was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for four months after returning a blood alcohol sample of 0.11 in a random test in Perth and on-field he saw his year disrupted by injury and suspension. A pre-season suspension was followed by a hamstring injury which caused him to miss the first two games of the season. He returned to the side but suffered the fifth hamstring injury of his career in the round 5 win over Sydney.

Eventually moving back to Western Australia, Farmer signed with Fremantle for 2002 and was handy but inconsistent at his time there. Kicked the winning goal after the siren in his first match against his old side, but was almost better known for his involvement in a number of controversial incidents such as assaulting his girlfriend and being involved in a nightclub fight which broke the eye socket of a WAFL player.

He was arrested for assault again in April 2007, and fined $3000 after pleading guilty. Three months later he was charged with criminal damage after breaking a car's window when refused entry to the Burswood Casino.

Retiring at the end of 2008, he then joined South Fremantle full-time in 2009 after having played for them when out of the Freo side.

In 2017 he played for the Wantirna South veterans' team.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1995 704
1996 19370
1997 17305
1998 19476
1999 19326
2000 23768
2001 14330

Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Pre-Season 1995 Offensive gesture $1500 fine
Round 3, 1997 Striking 2 matches
Round 11, 1998 Striking 3 matches
Round 17, 2000 Striking Not guilty
Round 21, 2000 Melee Not guilty
2001 Ansett Cup Match 1 Charging 2 matches


Video


Lists
Fremantle
Goal with their first kick
Indigenous Players
WAFL

Links
Australian Rules Football profile
Wikipedia profile
WAFL Online profile

Media
"Demons, Port in fight for Farmer" - The Age 21/10/1996
"Farmer spurns the city life" - The Age 30/01/1997
AFANA News 2001
Knox Leader - 20/06/2017

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