Joel Patfull

Joel Patfull (born 7 December 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions and the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was also listed with the Port Adelaide Football Club from 2003 to 2004, but he did not play a senior match.

Joel Patfull
Patfull warming up for Brisbane in 2010
Personal information
Full name Joel Patfull
Date of birth (1984-12-07) 7 December 1984
Original team(s) Norwood (SANFL)
Draft No. 14, 2003 rookie draft
No. 56, 2005 national draft
No. 32, 2017 rookie draft
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2004 Port Adelaide 000 0(0)
2006–2014 Brisbane Lions 182 (24)
2015–2017 Greater Western Sydney 038 0(2)
Total 220 (26)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

After playing his junior football at the Payneham Norwood Union Football Club and then the Norwood Football Club Patfull was recruited onto the Port Adelaide rookie list in 2003, but was dropped at the end of the 2004 season. He was then recruited to the Brisbane Lions as the number 56 draft pick in the 2005 AFL Draft.

Playing career

He made his senior debut for the Brisbane Lions in round 8, 2006 against his former club, Port Adelaide where he scored a goal with his first kick of AFL football. He went on to play the remaining 15 games of the 2006 season.

After the 2006 AFL season, it was speculated in the media that Patfull was enticed to return to Adelaide by the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power, however his manager announced in mid-November that Patfull had accepted a two-year contract to continue his career with the Brisbane Lions. While not a flashy player, Patfull's discipline and work ethic have made him a respected player amongst Brisbane supporters.

In 2012 he was awarded the Brisbane Lions Club Champion award (Merrett-Murray Medal) with 34 votes.[1] He was also awarded the Shaun Hart Most Courageous Player for 2012.[2]

In 2014, at the conclusion of the season, Patfull was traded to the Greater Western Sydney Football Club[3] in exchange for pick 21 in the draft.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Patfull announced his retirement from the AFL,[4] but he will remain on the Giants' playing list as a rookie-listed player for the 2017 season.[5]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[6]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Port Adelaide 0
2004 Port Adelaide 0
2006 Brisbane Lions 241539686112943380.
2007 Brisbane Lions 24211381108319373460.
2008 Brisbane Lions 24223411911923879430.
2009 Brisbane Lions 24200013112825985410.
2010 Brisbane Lions 24212211011222261820.
2011 Brisbane Lions 241800877616359330.
2012 Brisbane Lions 24220014311325688630.
2013 Brisbane Lions 242210178128306114500.
2014 Brisbane Lions 242121151154305108480.
2015 Greater Western Sydney 2416121008818871340.
2016 Greater Western Sydney 24221012510022584590.
2017 Greater Western Sydney 0
Career 220 26 26 1322 1162 2484 865 537 0.1 0.1 6.0 5.3 11.3 3.9 2.4


  1. "Making best of second chance - Official AFL website of the Brisbane Lions AFC". 8 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  2. "Patfull shows some Hart - Official AFL website of the Brisbane Lions AFC". 6 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  3. Lions defender Joel Patfull completes switch to GWS, official website, 10 October 2014
  4. Curley, Adam (12 October 2016). "Patfull calls time, set to sit on Giants' rookie list". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. Browne, Ashley (28 November 2016). "Giants reunite ex-Dockers Mzungu and de Boer". Bigpond. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. "Joel Patfull stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
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