Hayden Ballantyne

Hayden Ballantyne (born 16 July 1987) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was a 2014 All Australian and has previously won a Sandover Medal while playing with Peel Thunder.

Hayden Ballantyne
Personal information
Full name Hayden Ballantyne
Date of birth (1987-07-16) 16 July 1987
Original team(s) Baldivis JFC
Draft No. 21, 2008 National Draft
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20092019 Fremantle 171 (254)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2007–2008 WAFL 2 (3)
International team honours
2015 Australia 1 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early career

Only 174 cm tall, Ballantyne started his career with Peel Thunder in the West Australian Football League in 2005 as a midfielder. In 2008, Ballantyne moved into the forward line with great success, kicking 75 goals to finish second in the Bernie Naylor Medal behind Subiaco's Brad Smith, and winning the Sandover Medal by 2 votes from Callum Chambers as the fairest and best player in the league.[1] To recognise this achievement, Peel Thunder named the outer wing at Rushton Park the Hayden Ballantyne Wing in April 2009.[2]

AFL career

Ballantyne's success in the WAFL attracted the attention of AFL recruiters, and at the age of 21, he was drafted by the Fremantle Football Club[3] with its second round selection in the 2008 AFL National Draft (pick No. 21 overall).[4] Ballantyne risked being excluded from the draft when he missed the Western Australian state screening session due to being overseas on a holiday. He was later tested individually and allowed to remain nominated for the draft.[5] Ballantyne was a mature-age draftee at the age of 21, with most draftees no older than 18.

Ballantyne won the 2011 AFL Goal of the Year.[6]

In his role as a small forward, Ballantyne became noted for his ability to pester and annoy his opponents, and to often win free kicks by encouraging overzealous retaliation from them. In April 2012, the Herald Sun newspaper named him as the league's "chief pest" for his success in this aspect of the game, in the week after champion Geelong full-back Matthew Scarlett had received a three-week suspension for such a retaliatory punch.[7] Ballantyne received some criticism following his lacklustre performance in the 2013 AFL Grand Final, which Fremantle lost by 15 points.[8][9]

At the end of the 2017 season, Ballantyne signed a one-year contract extension.[10] In August 2018, he signed a further one-year contract extension for the 2019 season.[11] In August 2019 Ballantyne was informed that he would not be offered a contract extension for 2020.[12]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season[13]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Fremantle 17810964238725141.
2010 Fremantle 11933171808526564621.
2011 Fremantle 11723191906625652591.
2012 Fremantle 12131172368131758791.50.811.23.915.12.83.8
2013 Fremantle 12134302047227682661.
2014 Fremantle 12049261944924386542.
2015 Fremantle 11515131195016936591.
2016 Fremantle 12026171598424364601.
2017 Fremantle 110117713310432341.
2018 Fremantle 11721141276018757371.
2019 Fremantle 1313231033860.
Career 171 254 172 1567 613 2180 564 530 1.49 1.01 9.16 3.58 12.74 3.3 3.1

Personal life

Ballantyne's father, Graeme Ballantyne is a horse trainer based at Lark Hill, Rockingham. The winner of the 2013 Perth Cup, Talent Show, is trained by Graeme and part owned by Hayden and his Fremantle teammate Nick Suban.[3]

On 30 September 2018 Ballantyne's brother Brendan Ballantyne was struck by a pizza delivery car on Ennis Avenue in Waikiki and was killed. He was engaged to his fianceè, who was pregnant with their second child. He was 22.[14]


  1. Pike, Chris; Ballantyne wins Sandover; PerthNow; 16 September 2008
  2. McLea, Stuart (4 May 2009). "Swans clip Falcons' wings".
  3. Butler, Steve (14 September 2013). "Dad knew son would be a star". The West Australian.
  4. Clarke, Tim; Ballantynes rise continues with Sandover glory; WAToday; 16 September 2008
  5. Ballantyne unconcerned by AFL draft drama; ABC News; 22 October 2008
  6. White, Simon (19 September 2011). "Ballantyne snares goal of the year with a Krakouer".
  7. Ralph, Jon (3 April 2012). "AFL pests: silent but deadly". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  8. "Hawthorn lead Fremantle by 23 points at the MCG". The Roar. 28 September 2013.
  9. Paton, Al (28 September 2013). "Parting shots: Rioli's chicken wing, Hayden Ballantyne's shocker among talking points from Hawthorn's Grand Final win". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. King, Travis (13 September 2017). "Dockers veteran signs new one-year deal". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  11. Fee, Tom (17 August 2018). "Duo on board for 2019". fremantlefc.com.au.
  12. https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-08-15/good-bye-ballas-freo-goalsneak-to-play-farewell-home-against-bombers
  13. Hayden Ballantyne's player profile at AFL Tables
  14. Baker, Emily (30 September 2018). "Brother of Dockers' star Ballantyne killed by car". The West Australian.
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