PLAYERS - HALL, Alexander (Pat)

Alexander (Pat) HALL


Guernsey Number: 24, 12
Career: 1948 to 1957
NFC Games: 98
NFC Goals: 72
Debut: v West Torrens (Norwood) 8th May 1948
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Adelaide) 28th September 1957

Premierships: 1948
South Australian Games: 5


Pat Hall played for Norwood High School where his his team mates included Brian Burke, Neil Dansie, Ivan Holliday, John Marriott, Denis Potts, and Ron Reimann. He joined the Norwood Football Club in 1948 playing in the Reserves, but by mid-year had made his league debut.
Under Jack Oatey, Hall went on to play the last seven games of the season in the league team, but still managed to finish runner-up for the Reserves medal by only one point.
A ruckman / half forward with a good mark and reliable kick, Hall was a member of the 1948 League Premiership team that defeated West Torrens.
At the end of the 1948 season he travelled to Renmark with the Redleg side that beat Port Adelaide in an exhibition match.
Unfortunately he missed the 1950 Grand Final win with a back injury and was a member of the side that was soundly beaten in the 1952 Grand Final. It was in this match that he was part of the iconic mark taken by North's Ian McKay; The Mail showed a spectacular photo of McKay, soaring high above Pat Hall in the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval. McKay not only held the mark, but followed it up with a long screw punt that went through the goals. The News reported :  "The picture of North captain Ian McKay's high-flying mark on the front page of Saturday's Mail has set a new high in photographic sales". Hall called it "The best mark I ever felt." 
In 1953, at the age of 23, Hall replaced Johnny Taylor as player-coach of Glenelg, and in his first season coached the Tigers to a win against Norwood in the knockout 1st Semi-Final. He went on to play 47 games for Glenelg between 1953 and 1955.
In 1956 he returned to Norwood, playing in the Advertiser Cup (Night series) win over South Adelaide and in the side that beat Carlton the following week.
Pat Hall retired after playing in the 1957 Grand Final.
He later became a football commentator on Channel 7 and is the grandfather of former Norwood player Joel Patfull, who played with the Brisbane Lions from 2006 to 2014 before transferring to Greater Western Sydney. Pat Hall's son John played for Norwood from 1980 to 1991 and his father Alexander played from 1928 to 1932.

R Cialini Nov 2013

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