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Pulling no Punches

Loved by many, loathed by others, Barry Hall is unarguably one of the greatest AFL forwards and crowd pullers of the modern era – as well as the most notorious and colourful player currently on the field. Now, for the first time, Barry tells the story of his rise to AFL greatness, beginning with his childhood in country Victoria and early years as a junior boxing champion, through to his draft to St Kilda as a teenager. He was the leading goalkicker for the Saints two seasons running, but also involved in wild times off the park and some controversial moments on it that saw him frequently in the headlines and occasionally before the tribunal. Barry also tells of his six years at the Sydney Swans, from captaining the club to their first premiership in 72 years, to their gut-wrenching defeat in the 2006 Grand Final and the real story behind his sudden resignation from the club in 2009. He gives rare insights into the game in general, his time on the psychiatrist’s couch, how close he came to taking up a career in boxing, and his often turbulent relationship with the media. Finally, Barry describes life with his current club, the Western Bulldogs, and his plans for the future. PULLING NO PUNCHES is a must-read for all AFL fans and anyone interested to read an honest account of the real man behind the dramatic headlines.

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