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Hall wins Swans B&F

By Adrian Warren 02/10/2004 06:00:11 AM Comments (0)

Centre half forward Barry Hall trumped Sydney's two other first-time All Australian representatives to win the Bob Skilton Medal.

Hall, who headed Sydney's goal-kicking list with 74, won Sydney's club champion award for the first time having polled 466 votes in front of midfielder Brett Kirk (432) and fullback Leo Barry (382).

The top three placegetters were Sydney's selections in the All Australian team announced last month.

The leading goalkicker in each of his first three seasons with the Swans, 27-year-old Hall was the fourth highest goalkicker in this season's competition and also finished second in the marks category behind St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt.

Hall also won the Paul Kelly players' player award.

Kirk finished runner-up in the Swans' best and fairest for the second straight year.

Barry's tally included an unparalleled maximum 40 votes from the four judges, coach Paul Roos and his three assistants, for his round 11 performance against St Kilda when he prevented Coleman medallist Fraser Gehrig from getting a kick.

Youngster Paul Bevan was named the club's rising star after playing in all 24 matches of his first AFL season.

Forward Ryan O'Keefe, who finished fourth in club champion voting, was awarded the Dennis Carroll Trophy for most improved player.

O'Keefe played in all 24 games and was Sydney's third highest goalkicker with 33 majors.

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