Rhys Palmer (born 13 February 1989) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club, Greater Western Sydney Giants and Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He won the AFL Rising Star award in 2008.
Palmer playing for Greater Western Sydney in 2012
|Full name||Rhys Palmer|
|Date of birth||13 February 1989|
|Original team(s)||Bullcreek Leeming JFC / East Fremantle|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|2012–2016||Greater Western Sydney||69 (72)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Palmer was a key member of Western Australia's victorious 2007 AFL Under 18 Championships side, averaging 32 possessions and 3 goals per game. He finished second by one vote behind Cale Morton in the Larke Medal and was named in the Under 18 All-Australian side.
Palmer was taken at pick #7 overall in the 2007 AFL Draft by Fremantle.
He put in some impressive performances in the 2008 NAB Cup and after being named as an emergency for the opening round of the 2008 season, Palmer made his debut in Round 2 at Subiaco Oval against Hawthorn. Whilst his debut match was impressive individually, with 22 possessions and a goal, Fremantle lost the match by 15 points. In his second match he was awarded the AFL Rising Star nomination for his outstanding performance in the Western Derby, despite receiving a gash to his head in the opening quarter.
After being nominated in Round 3, Palmer won the 2008 AFL Rising Star ahead of Cyril Rioli from Hawthorn with 8 of the 9 judges voting him as the best emerging player. He missed most of the 2009 season because of a knee reconstruction.
Palmer joined Greater Western Sydney in September 2011, becoming the third uncontracted player, after Phil Davis and Callan Ward, to join the club in preparation for its entry into the AFL for the 2012 season.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Palmer was traded to Carlton. He made his first senior appearance for Carlton at the MCG against Essendon, as a late inclusion. Carlton recorded their first win of the season, winning by 15 points. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, he was delisted by Carlton.
In March 2019 he threw his shoes onto the Gloucester Park harness racing track during the feature race. No horses or reinsmen were injured, but there were calls for Palmer to be banned for life from racetracks due to the dangerous act.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|2012||Greater Western Sydney||7||15||9||9||158||128||286||66||34||0.6||0.6||10.5||8.5||19.1||4.4||2.3|
|2013||Greater Western Sydney||7||11||9||5||103||80||183||51||32||0.8||0.5||9.4||7.3||16.6||4.6||2.9|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||7||17||23||12||147||136||283||54||49||1.4||0.7||8.6||8.0||16.6||3.2||2.9|
|2015||Greater Western Sydney||7||14||18||16||133||79||212||53||38||1.3||1.1||9.5||5.6||15.1||3.8||2.7|
|2016||Greater Western Sydney||7||12||13||7||94||73||167||53||28||1.1||0.6||7.8||6.1||13.9||4.4||2.3|
- "Bullcreek Leeming Junior Football Club Hall of Fame". www.bljfc.com.au. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- "Rhys Palmer". SportingPulse. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- Heinrich, Scott (12 July 2007). "West boys end title agony". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- "2007 AFL draft camp results". Herald Sun. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- Chadwick, Justin (29 March 2008). "Hawks get the job done". sportal.com.au. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- "Palmer handed Rising Star nomination". Herald Sun. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- Walsh, Courtney (7 April 2008). "Bloodied Docker's 'dream' derby debut". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
- Palmer joins GWS Archived 25 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine – afl.com.au. Written by Nathan Schmook. Published 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Three Giants head to Carlton in last-ditch mega-trade". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- Navaratnam, Dinny (20 October 2017). "Blues chop trio, including three-club veteran". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- Lacy, Bridget (30 January 2018). "Swan Districts recruit Rhys Palmer on his time in the AFL and what the future holds". The West Australian. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Manning, Ernie (15 March 2019). "AFL star likely to get boot for shoe caper". The West Australian.
- "Former AFL star Rhys Palmer placed in induced coma after serious motorcycle accident". 17 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
- "Rhys Palmer stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rhys Palmer.|
- Rhys Palmer's profile on the official website of the Carlton Football Club
- Rhys Palmer's playing statistics from AFL Tables