Bulldogs want Hall to leave AFL a winner - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Bulldogs want Hall to leave AFL a winner

Melissa Woods 31/08/2011 04:12:26 PM Comments (0)

Retiring AFL hardman Barry Hall isn't one for soppy farewells but the Western Bulldogs will do their best to bring a tear to the eye of the veteran in his final game.

The Bulldogs are determined to send Hall out a winner from the club, which will face Fremantle on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium in their last match of the season.

Popular veteran ruckman Ben Hudson and forward Mitch Hahn, who has spent the entire year in the VFL, will also bow out at season's end.

Hall has been in rousing form of late, prompting calls from the Bulldogs faithful for the 34-year-old to delay his retirement.

But caretaker coach Paul Williams quickly knocked that on the head.

"There's no chance," Williams said.

"His form has been really good. I think sometimes when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, you find a little bit more energy."

Despite only playing two seasons with the 'Dogs after an acrimonious departure from the Sydney Swans where he played 162 games, Hall has made a lasting impression.

"He's been enormous for this footy club," Williams said.

"He's really left an important legacy and he's going to be sorely missed.

"We hope to have a really good performance for him and Huddo and also Mitch Hahn."

Williams, who is bidding to take over the head coach role on a permanent basis, didn't think he'd have to say much to get his players up for their final match of the year.

"We want to go out in the right manner for all three of those guys and I'm sure I won't need to say a hell of a lot to make sure they're in the right mindset to perform at the level we would expect."

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2024 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news