On Sunday, Chrisso on Triple Ms ‘The Rub’ called for Barry Hall to rethink his decision to hang up the boots after the 2011 season.
Chrisso, my response, which his on-air colleagues also said, is that he is in an individual purple patch and that Hall is getting out at the right time – it is his decision and he is throwing everything at each game he plays.
Hall has been in sensational form since he made his announcement to retire from elite football after a stellar career with St Kilda, Sydney – including captaining the Swans to a premiership – and at present with the Western Bulldogs.
Since Round 16, Hall has kicked 25 goals and nine behinds; he has booted home five or more through the big sticks in his last four appearances.
On Saturday night against the Bombers, in which the Dogs went down 101-150, big bad bustling Barry notched up 15 disposals and seven marks.
It has been an interrupted season for Hall who has missed seven games due to injuries.
Commentators are too quick to comment, and it happens quite a bit, that a player should continue or think long and hard about his decision to retire from the game at elite level.
Hall said in his press conference and has mentioned several times since that his body is struggling to keep coming up each week. Hall is in scintillating form and the Western Bulldogs could very much do with him next year, but what happens if he signs and continues, goes through pre-season and enters the 2012 season and breaks down?
Boxers seem to be the competitors that just don’t know when to retire and they finish their career on a low. Hall appreciates that his body is telling him to move on, his heart, passion and spirit within is demanding him to conclude on a high.
Hall made several heads turn and take note when the big forward, known for his toughness and at times aggression on the field, stated to the media that he wanted to be remembered as a Bulldog – although he held the premiership cup aloft with then coach Paul Roos.
In your opinion, where has Barry Hall had the most impact? Has his punch been harder with the Swans or at Whitten Oval?
Hall has been a great character for the game and with a few weeks to go, what else he has in store for us we will have to wait.
Congratulations on an excellent and well played career.