Barry Hall rings the bell at right time

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    Western Bulldog's Barry Hall during the AFL NAB Cup Round 02 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. Slattery Images

    Western Bulldog's Barry Hall during the AFL NAB Cup Round 02 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. Slattery Images

    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.

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    • August 16th 2011 @ 6:53am
      Chris R said | August 16th 2011 @ 6:53am | ! Report

      I agree. My question is, ‘has Barry Hall been overrated!’

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      August 16th 2011 @ 11:24am
      camcallsthegame said | August 16th 2011 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      I don’t believe Hall is overrated; he has performed at all three Clubs including St Kilda (88 games), Sydney (162 games and 467 goals) and at present the Western Bulldogs.

      He has been a leading goal-kicker with Sydney (2002, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, and 08) and the Bulldogs (2010) including winning the Coleman Medal and being runner-up; he was awarded Sydney’s B&F in 2004 and came 2nd in 2005.

      In 2005, 05, 06, and 2010, Hall was named in the All-Australian side. He was selected as the AFLCA Player of The Year in 2005; was best-afield (Michael Tuck Medal) in the Dogs pre-season premiership; and led the Sydney Swans to premiership glory as Captain.

      A first round draft selection in 1995, Barry Hall is currently leading the Western Bulldogs goal-kicking.

      Overrated, I don’t think so.

      • August 16th 2011 @ 10:05pm
        amazonfan said | August 16th 2011 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

        He hasn’t won the Coleman. He led the league in goalkicking in 2005 (finals included), but Fraser Gehrig won the Coleman that season.

    • August 16th 2011 @ 3:19pm
      Prince Imperial said | August 16th 2011 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

      Seeing a player every week rather than just occasionally allows you to make a more considered evaluation. I now have a much greater appreciation of Barry than I did at the Swans because of this. Having seen what’s he done at 33-34 years of age, I can only conclude he is a champion. His achievements mentioned in the above post are also testament to that. He’s obviously had a greater impact at the Swans having played there for longer and captained a premiership after a 72 year wait, but he will always be highly regarded at my club. The fact that he barracked for Footscray and redeemed himself with us probably accounts for his statement of wanting to be remembered more as a Bulldog.

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      August 16th 2011 @ 3:57pm
      camcallsthegame said | August 16th 2011 @ 3:57pm | ! Report

      Calls to rethink his retirement are wrong; he knows his body well and it is the right time.

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    • August 17th 2011 @ 3:50pm
      brendan said | August 17th 2011 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      He has retired at the right time.Leaves the game in good form with a premiership medal to boot.If the doggies were finalists and were a chance next year he may have re-considered but obviously his body cant take another 13 months of Afl.

    • August 18th 2011 @ 6:07pm
      steve howard said | August 18th 2011 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

      barry hall can do what shane crawford did after the 2008 season were he signed for 1 more season in 2009 but then chamged his mind and was honest with the club and told them just that but the difference there was he was coming off a premiership but the practise is still the same!

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