A VFL Team of the Year spot capped off an outstanding debut year for Jesse Palmer. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
With the 2018 season done and dusted, it’s time to look back on the performances from the Northern Blues players in the year that was.
The Regency Windows player reviews are back for another season: next up is the Club’s No.3, Jesse Palmer.
BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 231 (13.6) Marks: 86 (5.1) Tackles: 52 (3.1) Inside 50s: 42 (2.5) Contested marks: 15 (0.8) Contested possessions: 107 (6.3) Score assists: 16 (0.9)
2018 IN FOCUS
Leading the Club’s goal-kicking for the 2018 season, Palmer’s debut year in the VFL saw him as one of the standout forwards in the competition.
When he was named at centre-half-forward in the VFL’s Team of the Year, it was appropriate recognition for the 21-year-old.
Missing Northern’s season opener after surgery in the off-season, Palmer ultimately played every game from Round 2 and was Northern’s most prolific avenue to goal.
After arriving from Port Adelaide, Palmer impressed with his ability to finish in front of goal as well as his work-rate up the ground.
Hitting the scoreboard in 12 of his 17 games, Palmer was 10th in the Frosty Miller Medal goal-kicking table come the end of the home-and-away season.
Two batches of five-goal hauls capped off a strong year up forward for Palmer, coming against Essendon and Werribee respectively. Arguably, his most complete performance was against the latter.
Bagging a handful of goals at Avalon Airport Oval as Northern prevailed by 27 points, Palmer picked up two Liston Trophy votes as he also collected 18 disposals and five marks.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) July 22, 2018
Palmer’s goal-kicking form started with a flurry, kicking four goals in his second game. Impressively, it came against then-reigning premiers, Port Melbourne.
The best easily came in the third quarter. After taking a one-handed contested mark, Palmer went back from where the 50-metre arc meets the boundary line and nailed the set shot.