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Hayden Ballantyne
Personal information
Birth 16 July 1987
Recruited from Peel Thunder
Height and weight 174cm / 75 kg
Playing career¹
Debut 2005, Peel Thunder vs. , at
Team(s) Peel Thunder (2005-)
  • 59 games, 131 goals

Fremantle (2009-)

  • 8 games, 10 goals
¹ Statistics to end of round 22 2009 season
Career highlights

  • 2008 Sandover Medal
  • Leading goalkicker: Peel Thunder 2008 (75 goals)

Hayden Ballantyne (born 16 July, 1987) is an Australian rules footballer, who was selected by Fremantle in the 2008 AFL Draft. He was recruited from Peel in the WAFL. In 2008 he was awarded the Sandover Medal as the fairest and best player in the league.[1]

Only 174 cm tall, Ballantyne started his career in the 2005 as a midfielder, but moved forward very successfully in 2008, kicking 75 goals and coming second in the Bernie Naylor Medal behind Subiaco's Brad Smith. He then won the most prestigious individual award in Western Australian football, the Sandover Medal, by 2 votes from Callum Chambers.[1]

Ballantyne was selected in the 2008 AFL National Draft by the Fremantle Football Club with its second round selection (#21 overall).[2] 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.[3] Ballantyne was a mature-age draftee at the age of 21, with most draftees no older than 18.


  1. ^ a b Pike, Chris; Ballantyne wins Sandover; PerthNow; 16 September 2008
  2. ^ Clarke, Tim; Ballantynes rise continues with Sandover glory; WAToday; 16 September 2008
  3. ^ Ballantyne unconcerned by AFL draft drama; ABC News; October 22, 2008

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