DOB: 24 June 1977
From: Tambellup/East Fremantle/Fremantle
Games: 118 (249 total)
Goals: 259 (483 total)
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.
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.
|Practice match 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|