Sports Legend | Sport
After Dinner | Sport | Motivation | Inspirational
On retirement Barry had played 280 + games of AFL football, kicked in excess of 730 goals, achieved a Day & a Night Premiership, been named 4 times in the All Australian Team and been awarded a Best & Fairest & multiple leading Goal Kicker awards. Not bad for a boy from Broadie!!
Barry Hall grew up in Broadford, Victoria. He played his junior football in Broadford however his other interest was martial arts and boxing.
At the age of 12, Hall moved to Melbourne to pursue a boxing career. Training out of a makeshift boxing gym (his father’s garage), he won a state title as an early teenager and had fought in 15 fights by the age of 15. However Hall also proved a talent at Australian Rules football. After playing for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup and attracting the eye of talent scouts, he decided to focus on football.
Hall made his AFL debut for St Kilda in 1996. He played for St Kilda until 2001, kicking 144 goals in 88 games and being the club’s leading goal kicker in the 1999 and 2001 seasons. His career best game of 8.2 came with St Kilda in Round 16, 2001 against the Western Bulldogs. He left St Kilda at the end of 2001 in style, kicking a goal after the final siren of a Round 22 match against Hawthorn to win the match.
He joined the Swans for the 2002 season. Hall’s form reached a high in 2004 when he was named in the All-Australian Team. He then took his game to a whole new level from 2005, and not only bagged 80 goals for the season and a second placing for the Coleman Medal, but set up many more goals as well. He was selected in the All-Australian list in 2005 and 2006 and captained the Swans to the 2005 AFL Grand Final premiership. He led the Swans goal kicking in seasons 2005 to 2006, he also led the club’s goal kicking in seasons 2007 and 2008. In 2008 Hall was awarded the Paul Roos Award for the best player in the finals. He finished the year as Sydney’s leading goal kicker for the seventh consecutive year, equaling the club record of Len Mortimer. The following season he kicked his 600th career goal against the Western Bulldogs in Round 10, bagging six in that game.
It was announced on 6 October 2009 that the Western Bulldogs had drafted Barry Hall. On his Bulldogs’ debut, in the second round of the 2010 NAB Cup, he kicked six goals against Hawthorn. He then kicked four goals against Port Adelaide and had a part in the final and winning goal which gave the Bulldogs a place in the NAB Cup Grand Final against his first club, St Kilda. In the final he kicked seven goals, including five in the last quarter, to lead the Bulldogs to their first grand final success of any kind since 1970. He was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal for best on ground. Hall’s good form at the Bulldogs continued, with four and five goals in successive games helping him get back to his best form of his early years at the Sydney Swans. He kicked his 700th goal against Gold Coast Suns in Round 3, 2011 and in Round 17, 2011 against North Melbourne he became the first player to kick over 100 goals for three different clubs when he kicked five goals.
On 19 July 2011, Hall announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2011 season. Despite captaining Sydney to their 2005 premiership, Hall stated that he wanted to be remembered as a Bulldogs player due to them giving Hall a last chance at playing AFL football in 2010. In 2013 he joined Fox Footy as a boundary rider and in 2015,