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Ballantyne set for a 10th season at Freo

Hayden Ballantyne has agreed to terms for a one-year contract extension, which will him in Freo colours for a 10th season

5:09pm  Sep 13, 2017

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Hayden
Ballantyne

Height
173 cm
DOB
16-07-1987
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
10
Career
151
Goals
2017
11
Career
232
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
559
Avg
56
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

SUMMARY
Ballantyne played all but two games in 2016 and saw an uptick in most statistical categories. Will play a key role in Fremantle’s new-look forward line in 2017.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (David Hale)
Hayden has completed his pre-season well. He doesn’t change the way he goes about his footy. He applies tremendous pressure inside 50, kicking goals and putting on as much intensity in the forward half as possible to help the other mid elders up the ground.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Another solid season in 2016 which saw an uptick in most statistical categories. Finished 7th in the Doig Medal in his 8th year at the club.

Another solid season in 2015. Ballantyne started where he left off last year until suspension and a torn pectoral tendon interrupted his season. Returned to play in the finals.

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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 3.3
    • Disposals 10.4
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 1.1
    • AFL Fantasy 55.9

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Essendon Rd 23
Handballs 6 Richmond Rd 22
Disposals 16 Richmond Rd 22
Marks 5 Geelong Cats Rd 14
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Richmond Rd 22
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 23
AFL Fantasy 86 Richmond Rd 22

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Geelong Cats L 73 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Port Adelaide L 145 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Western Bulldogs W 89 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Melbourne W 104 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 North Melbourne W 67 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon W 116 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Richmond W 70 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Carlton W 86 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 43 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood L 85 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 121 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Geelong Cats L 74 - 72 8 6 14 5 0 2 3 5 2 0 76
15 St Kilda L 80 - 89 9 5 14 3 0 3 2 0 2 1 56
16 North Melbourne W 82 - 86 3 1 4 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 29
17 West Coast Eagles L 44 - 74 7 1 8 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 54
18 Hawthorn L 48 - 100 7 2 9 2 0 0 2 4 1 0 47
19 GWS Giants L 98 - 86 5 4 9 2 0 1 0 3 1 1 49
20 Gold Coast Suns W 90 - 67 7 1 8 4 0 0 1 5 1 3 61
21 Sydney Swans L 143 - 39 5 3 8 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 32
22 Richmond L 51 - 155 10 6 16 4 0 2 0 6 1 0 86
23 Essendon L 107 - 92 10 4 14 4 0 0 2 3 2 1 69
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 71 33 104 32 0 8 11 34 11 7 559

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 151
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 3.6
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 1.5
    • AFL Fantasy 66.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Carlton Rd 21, 2011
Handballs 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2016
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
2017 Fremantle 71 33 104 32 0 8 11 34 11 7 559
2016 Fremantle 159 84 243 64 0 23 16 60 26 17 1225
2015 Fremantle 118 50 168 36 0 17 18 59 15 13 864
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

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M
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FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
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G
Goals
B
Behinds
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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

Nickname: Ballas

AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast

Best moment in junior footy: Winning 2004 and 2005 WAFL Colts Grand Finals

Before a game I always: Go for a kick with Michael Walters

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: As someone that gave everything

The player from another club you most like to watch: Marcus Bontempelli

All-time favourite player: Chris Judd

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Work at the farm

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Annoy other people

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Luke McPharlin

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Michael Walters

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Richard Goyder

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: An island

Favourite city in the world to visit: Paris

What’s next on your travel bucket list: Singapore

Childhood hero: Chris Judd

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Loving

What is your worst trait: Being so loving

Least preferred household chore: Everything

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Vladimir Putin

Your most treasured possession: My tractor

Favourite professional sporting team: Golden State Warriors

Favourite sporting hero: Peyton Manning

Favourite food: Everything

Favourite movie and movie star: Django Unchained and Brad Pitt

Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Travel more, buy a house in the Mandurah canals and a big boat