|Full name||Hayden Ballantyne|
|Date of birth||16 July 1987|
|Original team(s)||Peel Thunder (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 21, 2008 National Draft|
|Height / weight||173 cm / 77 kg|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Hayden Ballantyne (born 16 July 1987) is a professional Australian rules footballer, who currently plays with the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League, and previously won a Sandover Medal while playing with Peel Thunder.
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. To recognise this achievement, Peel Thunder named the outer wing at Rushton Park the Hayden Ballantyne Wing in April 2009.
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 with its second round selection in the 2008 AFL National Draft (pick No. 21 overall). 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. 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.
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. Ballantyne received some criticism following his lacklustre performance in the 2013 AFL Grand Final, which Fremantle lost by 15 points.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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.
- Pike, Chris; Ballantyne wins Sandover; PerthNow; 16 September 2008
- McLea, Stuart (4 May 2009). "Swans clip Falcons' wings".
- Butler, Steve (14 September 2013). "Dad knew son would be a star". The West Australian.
- Clarke, Tim; Ballantynes rise continues with Sandover glory; WAToday; 16 September 2008
- Ballantyne unconcerned by AFL draft drama; ABC News; 22 October 2008
- White, Simon (19 September 2011). "Ballantyne snares goal of the year with a Krakouer".
- Ralph, Jon (3 April 2012). "AFL pests: silent but deadly". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
- "Hawthorn lead Fremantle by 23 points at the MCG". The Roar. 28 September 2013.
- 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.
- Hayden Ballantyne's player profile at AFL Tables