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Barry Hall

Barry Hall
Barry Hall playing for the Swans
Personal information
Full name Barry Hall
Nickname(s) Bazza, Big Bad Barry
Date of birth (1977-02-08) 8 February 1977
Place of birth Broadford, Victoria
Original team(s) Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft #19, 1995 National Draft, St Kilda
Height/Weight 194cm / 104kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
St Kilda
Western Bulldogs
088 (144)
162 (467)
039 (135)
289 (746)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2003–2006 Australia 4
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2011 season.
Career highlights

Barry Hall (born 8 February 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer. He is considered to be one of the best forwards of the modern era, being named All-Australian, leading his club's goalkicking on eleven occasions and captaining the Sydney Swans to their 2005 AFL Grand Final victory. In July 2011 Hall created history by becoming the first player to kick 100 goals for three different AFL teams. He is currently on the Broadford Kangaroo's list.

Hall began his career at the St Kilda Football Club where he twice led the club's goalkicking in 1999 and 2001. He is best known for his career with the Sydney Swans. He was one of the Swans best players during his time at the club, topping the club goalkicking from 2002 to 2008 and co-captaining the side between 2005 and 2007, including the club's drought breaking premiership in 2005. He also featured heavily in the AFL's promotion in Sydney, gaining a similarly high profile to Tony Lockett[1] which saw him featured in a 2006 AFL and Swans joint promotion known as "Barry Hall Hall".

The former junior boxing champion's AFL career has been marred by a reputation for onfield aggression which has earned him the label of football "wild man" and he became one of the most feared players on the field. Several controversial and highly publicised incidents (often called "brain snaps" by the media) and tribunal appearances have interrupted his career and contributed to a change of clubs.


  • Early life 1
  • AFL career 2
    • St Kilda (1996–2001) 2.1
    • Sydney Swans (2002–2009) 2.2
    • Western Bulldogs (2010–2011) 2.3
  • Controversies 3
    • Sam McFarlane incident 3.1
    • Steven Febey incident 3.2
    • Matt Maguire incident 3.3
    • Brent Staker incident 3.4
    • Shane Wakelin incident 3.5
    • Scott Thompson incident 3.6
  • Statistics 4
  • Honours and achievements 5
  • Media and personal life 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Hall was born in Victoria and grew up in Broadford. Hall played his junior football in Broadford. However his other interests were martial arts and boxing.

At the age of 12 Hall moved to Melbourne to pursue a boxing career.[2] Training out of a makeshift boxing gym (his father's garage), he won a state title in his early teenage years and had fought in 15 fights by the age of 15.[3]

However Hall also proved a talent at Australian football. After playing for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup and attracting the eye of talent scouts, he decided to focus on football.

AFL career

St Kilda (1996–2001)

Hall made his AFL debut for St Kilda in 1996. He helped fill the void of the record-breaking forward Tony Lockett, who had moved to the Swans the previous season. His most memorable performance for the Saints was his 3-goal burst during a five-minute period in the second quarter of the AFL 1997 Grand Final, in which put his side in a strong position going into half time, despite St. Kilda going on to be defeated by the Adelaide Crows by 31 points at the MCG. He played for St Kilda until 2001, kicking 144 goals in 88 games and being the club's leading goalkicker in the 1999 and 2001 seasons. He kicked a career-best 8 goals 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. One of the main reasons for leaving was the rise of Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke and the recruitment of Fraser Gehrig, as well as salary cap constraints. Ironically, he left the year before Brian Waldron was appointed the club's CEO.

Sydney Swans (2002–2009)

Hall joined the Swans for the 2002 season and prospered under the coaching of Paul Roos. He led the club's goalscoring in every season up until 2009 and was named club Best and Fairest in 2004. He has said that he benefited from the move to Sydney, in particular the relative anonymity he enjoyed when first arriving, playing alongside Tony Lockett in Lockett's comeback from retirement 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 their historic 2005 AFL Grand Final premiership victory, their first since 1933. He led the Swans goalkicking in seasons 2005 to 2006, and in that two-year period he kicked two bags of seven against Essendon in their matches in Melbourne (a win in 2005 but a loss in 2006). He also led the club's goalkicking in seasons 2007 and 2008, but in those two seasons he struggled with suspension and injury. He has also kicked big bags of goals against notably weaker opponents such as Carlton.

Hall earned a reputation as a controversial player, with several appearances at the tribunal resulting in four suspensions for a total of 10 matches. He has given away almost twice as many free kicks as he has been given over his career, and in 2003 Swans coach Paul Roos questioned whether Hall was given all the free kicks he deserved. Hall struggled with injuries through the 2007 season and his form was generally considered to be somewhat down from his peak, although he played a number of outstanding games and still led the club's goalkicking with 44. In 2008, Hall began the season in good form but, following a reckless punch thrown against West Coast Eagles player Brent Staker and a further incident where he aimed a punch at a Collingwood player, he missed a number of games and was suspended from the Swans' team on 8 July 2008.

In Round 19, 2008, against the Fremantle Football Club, he kicked the last goal in the final minute and won the game by four points. He kicked a bag of goals in that game and in Round 20, against the Geelong Cats, he kicked five goals and one behind. In spite of the Swans' 39-point defeat to the reigning premiers he was the leading goalkicker for the game. In 2008 Hall was awarded the Paul Roos Award for the best player in the finals. He finished the year as Sydney's leading goalkicker for the seventh consecutive year, equalling the club record of Len Mortimer.

Hall kicked his 600th career goal against the Western Bulldogs in Round 10, 2009, when he kicked six in that game. After a striking incident involving Adelaide's Ben Rutten in his 250th game, Hall was put under an immense amount of pressure from coach Paul Roos to leave the club. Hall called a press conference on 7 July 2009 to announce that he was no longer going to play for the Swans. He kicked four goals in his last game for the club.[4][5]

Western Bulldogs (2010–2011)

It was announced on 6 October 2009 that the Western Bulldogs had agreed to trade draft pick 47 for Hall with Sydney.[4] 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.[6] He made his home and away debut for the Bulldogs in Round 1 against Collingwood at Docklands Stadium, but his side were defeated by 36 points. Hall kicked three goals.

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. In 2010 Hall was tripped by Essendon defender and rival Dustin Fletcher in Round 10, costing Fletcher a one match suspension. In Round 15 in 2010, he kicked six goals against Carlton and also suffered an ankle injury. He finished second on the 2010 Coleman Medal table with 73 goals in the home and away season, behind Richmond's Jack Riewoldt. He kicked his 700th goal against the 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 him a last chance at playing AFL football in 2010.

Hall ended his AFL career with 40 goals in his last eight matches and 55 overall for the 2011 AFL season. In total he kicked 746 career AFL goals, placing him 14th on the all-time goal-kicking list.


Sam McFarlane incident

Whilst playing in a reserves game for St Kilda against North Melbourne in Round 14 1997, Hall struck Sam McFarlane, a slightly built wingman, in the jaw, breaking it in three places. McFarlane spent the next three days in hospital getting the jaw wired back together and was sidelined for ten weeks. Although McFarlane returned for the final two games of the year, he never returned to play league football again.[7]

Steven Febey incident

In the 1998 second semi-final St Kilda held the lead over Melbourne near the end of the second quarter. After being tackled by Steven Febey Hall dropped his knees into Febey's head and after regaining his feet he slung Adem Yze to the ground. In frustration his outburst lead to an altercation with teammates Matthew Lappin and Shane Wakelin where Hall had to be restrained by his teammates and trainers. The incident resulted in a 4 match suspension and Melbourne then took control of the match and won easily, ending St Kilda's 1998 season.

Matt Maguire incident

After an incident involving a punch to the stomach of St Kilda's Matt Maguire in a 2005 preliminary final match, Hall was reported for a level two striking and offered a one-week suspension for a guilty plea. This suspension would have meant missing the next week's grand final. Hall's representation successfully argued that the incident was 'in play' despite the ball being 50 metres away. As a result, the charge was reduced to a level one offence which reduced the penalty to a reprimand and he went on to captain the Swans to their first premiership in 72 years, defeating the West Coast Eagles in the grand final by four points.[8]

Brent Staker incident

In an incident which shocked Sydney and West Coast fans alike, in Round 4, 2008, Hall was reported for striking West Coast Eagles defender Brent Staker.[9] Video footage from the incident indicated that contact was made with a punch to the jaw. Staker took no further part in the game, remaining off the field for the duration of the game. Later in the same game, Hall broke his wrist on the metal railing behind a soft cardboard advertising board. After the game the Match Review Panel ranked the incident as intentional, severe impact and high contact, therefore the offence was directly referred to the AFL Tribunal. He was subsequently suspended for seven games, one of the most severe punishments in the modern era by the AFL Tribunal.[10] Video footage of the incident was shown on television as far abroad as Denmark and the United States on the ESPN network.[11]

Shane Wakelin incident

Hall was handed a one match suspension for an attempted strike on Collingwood's Shane Wakelin.[12] Sydney later announced the team would not play Hall indefinitely.[13][14] Sydney co-captain Brett Kirk later claimed that Hall's habit of hitting opposition players off the ball is a "bad habit".[15] Shane Wakelin later on admitted he had "played for a free kick".

Scott Thompson incident

On 22 May 2010 Hall was again the centre of attention when he was pushed over by North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson while tying his shoelace, triggering an ugly altercation between Hall and several other North Melbourne players. Hall reacted to the taunts by putting Thompson in a headlock and was subsequently reported for both wrestling and rough conduct. He was later found guilty of wrestling and fined, but not guilty of rough conduct.[16]


Season Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1996 St Kilda 25 4 31 18 13 10 4 0 2 3 7.8 4.5 3.3 2.5 1.0 2.5 0.5 0.8
1997 St Kilda 25 15 128 70 58 52 22 10 14 13 8.5 4.7 3.9 3.5 1.5 0.7 0.9 0.9
1998 St Kilda 25 13 93 57 36 28 9 6 6 4 7.2 4.4 2.8 2.2 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.3
1999 St Kilda 25 20 242 184 58 141 13 15 41 36 12.1 9.2 2.9 7.1 0.7 0.8 2.1 1.8
2000 St Kilda 25 19 225 151 74 126 13 13 37 21 11.8 7.9 3.9 6.6 0.7 0.7 1.9 1.1
2001 St Kilda 25 17 176 140 36 97 12 2 44 23 10.4 8.2 2.1 5.7 0.7 0.1 2.6 1.4
2002 Sydney 1 17 190 154 36 114 10 35 55 31 11.2 9.1 2.1 6.7 0.6 2.1 3.2 1.8
2003 Sydney 1 24 291 218 73 167 22 87 64 35 12.1 9.1 3.0 7.0 0.9 3.6 2.7 1.5
2004 Sydney 1 24 345 244 101 191 30 34 74 39 14.4 10.2 4.2 8.0 1.3 1.4 3.1 1.6
2005 Sydney 1 26 390 299 91 206 32 22 80 41 15.0 11.5 3.5 7.9 1.2 0.8 3.1 1.6
2006 Sydney 1 25 365 283 82 216 49 25 78 38 14.6 11.3 3.3 8.6 2.0 1.0 3.1 1.5
2007 Sydney 1 20 238 176 62 135 24 0 44 30 11.9 8.8 3.1 6.8 1.2 0.0 2.2 1.5
2008 Sydney 1 15 205 165 40 132 11 0 41 36 13.7 11.0 2.7 8.8 0.7 0.0 2.7 2.4
2009 Sydney 1 11 111 82 29 64 17 4 31 4 10.1 7.5 2.6 5.8 1.5 0.4 2.8 1.2
2010 Western Bulldogs 28 24 272 191 81 143 28 12 80 41 11.3 8.0 3.4 6.0 1.2 0.5 3.3 1.7
2011 Western Bulldogs 28 15 150 112 38 75 12 7 55 17 10.0 7.5 2.5 5.0 0.8 0.5 3.7 1.1
Career 289 3452 2544 908 1897 308 272 746 421 11.9 8.8 3.1 6.6 1.1 0.9 2.6 1.5

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1999 9
2000 3
2001 6
2002 11
2003 7
2004 11
2005 16
2006 8
2007 3
2008 4
2009 3
2010 11
Total 92
Green / Bold = Won
* = joint winner
Red / Italics = Ineligible



Media and personal life

Hall has been the centrepiece of advertising campaigns, including the "Barry Hall Hall" and "Excitement Machine Machine" 2006 television and internet campaign in Sydney by Australian Interactive Media Industry Association[18] and Melbourne Advertising & Design Club[19] awards and also the "Barry Hall vs Broadford" 2007 advertisement by JWT Melbourne for Ford Australia pitting Barry Hall against his junior club (with cameos from Hall's nephew and aunt).[20]

In 2008 Hall appeared in a series of "Barry Hall Hall" ads, however these were pulled from the air following the Brent Staker incident (see above).

Hall's personal life has hit the media tabloids on several occasions, with his much publicised relationships with Kylie Stray and bikini model Tahli Greenwood.[21]

Barry Hall married Sophie Raadschelder after dating for about a year in November 2011.[22]

Hall's other interests include gardening and collecting fast cars, including vintage car and drag racing cars.[3]

In 2013 he joined Fox Footy as a boundary rider.

In 2015, Hall appeared in the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (Australian TV series).

See also


  1. ^ "Barry Hall hits the international headlines - World Footy News". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  2. ^ Just a quiet country kid who made good despite the boxing
  3. ^ a b "Weekly Times Now | Rural News Australia | WeeklyTimesNow". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "Barry Hall farewell | AFL Swans Barry Hall". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  6. ^ Hall leads Dogs to drought-breaking triumph, The Roar, Retrieved on 15 March 2010.
  7. ^,8659,23541216-23211,00.html
  8. ^ "2006 Report Card: Sydney".  
  9. ^ Swans too good for Eagles
  10. ^ Hall out for seven
  11. ^ Barry Hall hits the international headlines
  12. ^ Match review panel: round 14 (part two), 2008
  13. ^ We had no choice on Hall: Roos
  14. ^ Hall dropped 'indefinitely'
  15. ^ Hall must take responsibility: Kirk
  16. ^ Denham, Greg (25 May 2010). "Lenient panel lets Barry Hall escape with fine".  
  17. ^ Barry Hall's player profile at AFL Tables
  18. ^ "AIMIA Home". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "BARRY HALL GETS BACK TO HIS ROOTS FOR FORD - Campaign Brief Australia". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  21. ^ Nikki Tugwell; Holly Byrnes (8 July 2008). "Love-triangle that has Barry Hall biffing". The Daily Telegraph. 
  22. ^ Emily Power (20 September 2011). "Big Barry Halls Greatest Match". Herald Sun. 

External links

  • Barry Hall's profile on the official website of the Sydney Swans
  • Barry Hall's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Barry Hall Hall
  • Video of the Brent Staker Incident
Preceded by
Adam Goodes
Sydney Swans Best and Fairest
Succeeded by
Brett Kirk
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