Former AFL rising star Rhys Palmer in critical condition after motorcycle accident

Posted March 17, 2019 16:58:39

Former AFL player Rhys Palmer has undergone emergency surgery after a motorcycle crash in Perth’s south on Saturday night.

Key Points:

  • Rhys Palmer’s motorcycle collided with a car
  • His WAFL club said the accident was not his fault
  • Palmer was involved in an incident where a shoe was thrown into a horse race on Friday night

Police say a car collided with the 30-year-old’s motorcycle on Canning Highway at Bicton around 7pm.

The Swan Districts Football Club has confirmed he is in a critical but stable condition and his female passenger is also in a stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital. The passenger has no serious injuries, the club said.

The club says the player was not at fault and was of the understanding that Rhys had been driving the bike.

In a statement, club chief executive Jeff Dennis said, “The health and wellbeing of Rhys and his passenger is of utmost importance to the club. There is no consideration of anything else of at this point in time”.

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with both of them and their families at this very difficult time.”

Mr Dennis said the accident had not been related to event of the previous 48 hours, in which Mr Palmer was involved in an incident in which a shoe was thrown onto the Gloucester Park raceway during a harness race on Friday night.

Saturday evening, before the motorcycle crash, Mr Palmer took to social media to apologise for the incident claiming it was a result of what he described as a light-hearted wrestle with a team mate.

He said the shoe was not deliberately thrown during the race, and it was “simply unfortunate timing”.

Mr Palmer now faces a life ban from all Australian horse tracks.

Mr Palmer was drafted by the Fremantle Dockers in 2007 and won the AFL’s Rising Star Award a year later.

After injury at the Dockers he moved to GWS ahead of the 2012 season and played 69 games there over five seasons before being traded to Carlton where he made just one appearance in two years.

He returned to Perth in 2018, joining Swan Districts in the WAFL.

Topics: accidents—other, australian-football-league, perth-6000, bicton-6157

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