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Hall makes debut with Western Bulldogs

By Guy Hand 06/02/2010 03:01:48 PM Comments (0)

New recruit Barry Hall kicked two goals and kept his aggression controlled in an impressive debut for his new AFL club Western Bulldogs on Saturday.

Former Sydney firebrand Hall used the intra-club practice match to show exactly what he is capable of bringing to the club which threw him a career lifeline.

The 32-year-old booted two goals from set shots, took four marks and unleashed a huge, legal bump which ironed out defender Lindsay Gilbee in the perfect display of controlled aggression.

Hall's every move was cheered by a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Bulldogs' Whitten Oval headquarters, and coach Rodney Eade was pleased with his star signing's contribution.

"I thought he moved pretty well, he had five shots at goal so that was a positive sign," Eade said.

"Probably if he kicked straight he might have had four or five, but his attack on the ball was pleasing.

"I thought he presented himself very well."

But Hall won't play in the Bulldogs' NAB Cup opener against Brisbane next weekend despite his performance - Eade keen to stick to previously-made plans to limit his over-30s' playing time in the pre-season.

"We've made a conscious decision most of the senior players won't play this week - (Brad) Johnson, (Jason) Akermanis, Hall won't play," Eade said.

"It's a long season, we don't want players playing too much this time of year."

Along with Hall, midfielder Shaun Higgins and rookie-listed Brodie Moles were the other standouts in the intra-club match.

Another rookie list forward, Matthew Panos, also kicked two goals.

Eade said utility Moles, who joined the club from Geelong after being unable to break into the Cats' senior side, was one player he was keen to monitor further in the NAB Cup after impressing on Saturday.

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