Australian football’s greatest ever ruckman, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, has passed away.
The Geelong legend and iconic Indigenous and Western Australian figure died at age 84 at Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 24 years ago.
Farmer was a three-time Sandover Medallist (WAFL Best & Fairest) who won five WAFL flags – three with East Perth and two with West Perth – and was a seven-time Best & Fairest with East Perth.
He was also integral as the Cats won the 1963 VFL premiership, winning the Best & Fairest that year, and again in 1964.
The man who revolutionised the rucking caper also coached Geelong, East Perth, West Perth and the WA state side.
The great Polly is the ruckman in the AFL Team of the Century, captain of the Indigenous Team of the Century, vice-captain in the WA Team of the Century and is a true legend of the game.
Farmer’s daughter Kim was with her father when he passed.
“We have just shared our last precious moments with our dear dad and grandfather,” she told the West Australian.
“It’s been an amazing life shared with a beautiful man. We will miss him.”