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Hayden
Ballantyne

Height
173 cm
DOB
16-07-1987
Weight
77 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
13
Career
119
Goals
2015
11
Career
191
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
719
Avg
55
HaydenBallantyne

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Baldivis (WA)
Recruited from: Peel Thunder (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2008 - pick 21
Debut: Round 13, 2009 v Collingwood
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 26

Outlook: Will look to build on the best season of his career in 2014, which saw him named an All Australian. Ballantyne is dynamite when he has his tail up.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): Exceptional. He came back in really good nick. His pre-season has probably been the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here. He’s up and running.

Season by Season

Season by Season

A sensational season in attack was capped off with All Australian selection as a forward pocket. Ballantyne kicked a career-best 49 goals, 15 more than his previous best in 2013. He kicked three or more goals in 11 of his 20 games.

Ballantyne has created havoc all season long in Fremantle's forward line. His pressure and goal-kicking ability have been crucial to the club's rise up the ladder.

There haven’t been too many players generate as much passion and emotion in their first 50 AFL games as what Hayden Ballantyne has.

The diminutive forward is an inspiration to his fans and teammates alike, and he epitomises Ross Lyon’s mantra of 100 per cent effort, 100 per cent of the time. He ranked top 10 in almost every applied pressure category at Fremantle, and he kicked 31 goals – the third most at the club.

Ballantyne also ranked fourth at Freo for score involvements with a total of 125 for the season.

An addition to the leadership group in 2012, he will look to continue the upward curve in his career since his debut in 2009.

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The dynamic small forward had a solid 2011 season despite a couple of injury interruptions along the way. Ballantyne managed 17 games in which he kicked the third most goals at the club (23), ranked equal third for score assists (20) and had the fourth most inside 50s (59). He also had 22 running bounces, which was the third most at Freo. One of those bounces came in Ballantyne’s incredible round 2 goal against Geelong, for which he won the 2011 AFL Goal of the Year. The little man is a huge ingredient in Freo’s attacking plans for 2012.

The Freo crowd-favourite had a breakout year in 2010, stamping himself as a crucial member of the team. His pace, tackling and tenacity inside the attacking 50 was one of the main reasons behind Fremantle's improvement. Ballantyne’s goal celebrations ignited the fans and his teammates on many occasions throughout the season. Unfortunately, a foot injury in round 22 prevented him from taking part in the 2010 Finals Series but a super season nonetheless.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 7.5
    • Handballs 3.4
    • Disposals 10.8
    • Marks 1.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 55.3

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 North Melbourne Rd 8
Handballs 8 North Melbourne Rd 8
Disposals 20 North Melbourne Rd 8
Marks 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 14
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 77 Richmond Rd 10

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 5 5 10 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 39
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 8 4 12 3 0 2 0 6 1 1 74
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Melbourne W 50 - 118 7 2 9 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 47
6 Essendon W 80 - 52 9 1 10 2 0 1 1 3 2 0 57
7 Western Bulldogs W 88 - 101 8 5 13 2 0 0 0 3 0 3 55
8 North Melbourne W 115 - 42 12 8 20 0 0 1 2 4 1 1 70
9 Adelaide Crows W 57 - 68 8 2 10 3 0 0 0 7 1 1 72
10 Richmond L 70 - 97 11 4 15 2 0 4 3 7 1 1 77
11 Gold Coast Suns W 46 - 53 11 2 13 3 0 2 0 4 0 3 67
13 Collingwood W 80 - 73 5 3 8 2 0 0 1 6 1 0 54
14 Brisbane Lions W 84 - 48 6 3 9 1 0 5 3 7 1 1 58
15 Hawthorn L 115 - 43 6 3 9 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 36
16 Carlton W 95 - 53 2 2 4 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 17
17 Richmond W 78 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants W 84 - 63 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda W 59 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne L 94 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne W 108 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 4 97 44 141 25 0 15 15 54 11 13 719

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 119
    • Kicks 9.8
    • Handballs 3.5
    • Disposals 13.3
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 1.6
    • AFL Fantasy 68.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Carlton Rd 21, 2011
Handballs 8 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2015
Disposals 25 North Melbourne Rd 4, 2011
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Richmond Rd 11, 2012
Goals 6 Richmond Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 140 North Melbourne Rd 4, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 97 44 141 25 0 15 15 54 11 13 719
2014 Fremantle 194 49 243 86 0 9 20 54 49 26 1423
2013 Fremantle 204 72 276 82 0 33 23 66 34 30 1464
2012 Fremantle 236 81 317 58 0 38 25 79 31 17 1526
2011 Fremantle 190 66 256 52 0 17 15 59 23 19 1223
2010 Fremantle 180 85 265 64 0 29 23 62 33 17 1325
2009 Fremantle 64 23 87 25 0 11 6 14 10 9 431

Legend

K
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FF
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 8, 2012 v Hawthorn

100 games: Round 16, 2014 v Melbourne

Awards

Club Awards

Leading Goalkicker
2014

AFL Awards

All Australian
2014

Goal of the Year

2011

Q & A

Your nickname: Ballas or Balla

One word to describe you: Short

Favourite player to watch growing up: Kepler Bradley

Who has had the most influence on your career: Father

Toughest individual opponent: Graham Johncock

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Kepler Bradley

Thriftiest player at your club: Matthew Pavlich

The next big thing at your club: Tommy Sheridan

The smartest thing you have been told: I haven’t been told too many smart things

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: At the races in Hong Kong

Do you have any strange phobias: I hate when people scratch down the chalkboard

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Big Bang Theory

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: The Simpsons

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Race horse training

What do you normally eat for breakfast: I’m a Weet-bix kid

Your last meal would be: KFC

Your favourite holiday destination: San Francisco

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Hugh Jackman

What are your three essential items: Sunglasses, singlet and hat

Most useless thing you have bought: I bought my partner three handbags

Best subject at school: Sport

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl

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