Joel Patfull was educated at Magill Primary School and Norwood High School and commenced playing with the Norwood Football Club in the under 13s.
In 2000 he played nine matches in the under 17s. After suffering a bout of osteitis pubis , he was tried at full forward the following year. He quickly developed from a goal kicking on-baller to a gun full forward. Patfull kicked 101 goals for the under 17s in 2001 and came fourth in the best and fairest.
Patfull made 14 appearances for the reserves in 2002, and broke into the league team early in the 2003 season. He played 14 senior games in his first year and was named best first year player. At the end of the year he was rookie listed by Port Adelaide Power, but was still aligned with the Redlegs.
In 2004 he struggled in the Norwood forward lines for the first half of the season, but showed improvement once moved to centre half back. Spectacular high marking became a feature of his game and he played 17 league games for the year.
He was delisted by Port Adelaide at the end of 2004.
2005 was an even better season; he played 20 league games and was runner up in the Norwood best and fairest.
Patfull went on to have an impressive AFL career. He played 182 games for the Brisbane Lions (2006-2014) and 38 games for Greater Western Sydney (2015-2016).
Playing as a tall defender, he won Brisbane's best and fairest in 2012 and 2013.
In 2011 he also represented Australia in the International Rules series against Ireland.
His uncle, John Hall (146 NFC Games), grandfather Alexander (Pat) Hall (98 NFC Games), great-grandfather Alexander Hall (38 NFC Games) and elder brother Todd Patfull (Reserves 2001-2004), all represented the Norwood Football Club.
R Cialini February 2021