Dockers re-sign Ballantyne for 2018


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    Hayden Ballantyne’s AFL career will extend into a 10th year after the Fremantle goalsneak earned a one-year contract extension.

    Ballantyne’s future was in doubt after a serious hamstring tear in the pre-season, and another hamstring injury in his WAFL return, saw him miss the first 13 rounds of the AFL season.

    The 30-year-old kicked a modest 11 goals in his 10 AFL appearances for the year but it was enough for him to be re-signed for 2018.

    Veteran Zac Dawson and Garrick Ibbotson have already announced their AFL retirements, while the future of Danyle Pearce is also up in the air despite having a year to run on his contract.

    Forward Matt Taberner is a strong chance to earn a new one-year deal after producing some strong performances in the tail-end of the season.

    Ballantyne said he was excited to play on next year.

    “I was flat when the season ended to be honest, as I was just starting to get a kick towards the end,” Ballantyne said.

    “I only played 10 games but next year I’ll be pushing for a good pre-season and, hopefully, a big season in 2018.

    “It’s only early in the off-season so I haven’t set any goals for 2018 but I definitely will focus on having a big pre-season, staying fit and looking to play every game.”

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    • September 14th 2017 @ 8:45am
      Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      I’d expect Tabs to be offered 2 more years. His end of season form and his dominant WAFL form will have other clubs circling.

      Tabs loves the team and wants to stay.

      As for Ballas, fantastic! He is such a dynamic force around the place. Really good at the end with games back in his legs.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 9:39am
        Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        Tabs is having a our standing season at peel and obviously looked good last week ( easy to do in 2nd tier with so many afl players around you) but it isn’t inconceivable he and his management are looking at all options, if ever there was a season he should of been persisted with week in week out it was this year and at his height and at 24 yr old I’m certain there are a lot if clubs already inquiring on his availability

        • September 14th 2017 @ 11:47am
          Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

          MAT6X6- Top call on Taberner he kicked Six goals in two consecutive weeks and Lyon dropped him for six weeks and stuck with Kersten and McCarthy who got worse every week. At 200cm he is needed hopefully stays but he might get more games at another club..The only other forward over194cm Apeness cannot get on the park seven games in four years and no guarantee he is AFL standard starting to look like Scott Gumbleton,hopefully not for his sake.Ross has to stop rewarding Mediocrity .

          • September 14th 2017 @ 1:12pm
            Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

            It’s Ross’ expectations that Tabs develops consistency that has had him reach this next level. If he had just been plonked in when not performing, he’d be delisted now. The coaching team has lifted him.

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            September 14th 2017 @ 3:06pm
            Dalgety Carrington said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

            You paint a pretty inaccurate picture about Taberner. He played rounds 7-11, kicking 4,2,1,0,1 goals. He was then sent back to Peel, supposedly with some specific instructions on what he needed to work on. He then came back to play rounds 21-23.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm
          Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

          Apart from Tabs own comments (on the Dockers website and AFL website). The team spirit has him wanting to stay.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 5:08pm
          dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

          “if ever there was a season he should of been persisted with week in week out it was this year”

          Nah, he did exactly what he did last year, which was come in and have a fantastic first game, followed by a solid, if unimpressive second game, followed by a series of mediocre to poor performances. It’s hard not to think that his being dropped again, and then being overlooked after some good WAFL form, is what produced his excellent β€” and consistent β€” end of year form.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 5:15pm
            Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

            with kersten as the only other option they seemed to have this year I think perseverance with tabs would of been more beneficial, yes he disappears and for a man his size doesn’t assert His presence but freo weren’t exactly swimming in tall options this season and surely giving him a confidence building run would’ve been better than kersten getting games

            • September 15th 2017 @ 12:48am
              dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | September 15th 2017 @ 12:48am | ! Report

              Kersten has hardly set the world on fire, but he had the odd game where he made a significant contribution … pretty much like Taberner. In other words, he seemed no worse than Taberner, and Freo were looking to give the forward six a lot of time together in the hope they’d gel, so there was no good reason to be dropping Kersten for someone who history suggested would not be any better performing or more consistent.

              Don’t get me wrong, I like Taberner; I’ve noted his leaps in development each year, and I’d be very disappointed if Freo somehow failed to re-sign him. But even in hindsight, I don’t think there’s a case to say he should have been persisted with, as his diminishing returns over his first stint in 2017 suggest. Again, it’s hard not to feel that it took being dropped again and having his career on the line to really kick him into action.

              Having said that, I do believe that he should’ve been picked for the first derby (and said so before the game). His extra height and his mobility would’ve helped keep WC’s back six accountable. Doubt it would’ve been the difference between a loss and a win, but maybe Freo wouldn’t have been out of the game at quarter time if he’d been selected… who knows?

              • September 15th 2017 @ 10:48am
                jonboy said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:48am | ! Report

                Have to agree you have summed it up pretty well

      • September 14th 2017 @ 10:54am
        Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

        If he is such a dynamic force around the club give him a job as a water boy or anything save money add a bit more youth who wont take ten (10) weeks to get a kick .Way to slow always falling over way past it and injury prone will be come a regrettable decision when he breaks down again. Recent member survey ranked him number one (1) as the most under achieved this year so i am not alone…… As there entitled to there are some that will not agree.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 1:13pm
          Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

          Just take it from the club that has re-contracted him, he offers what haters of Freo would never see.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 11:14am
      johno said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

      Always going to happen. Need Ballantyne to play so Walters can play midfield.

      Issue is Deluca is not kicking goals and neither is Crozier. Need to get them from somewhere.

      If Freo get the chance to gram Liam Ryan with pick 56 or there abouts then i hope they do, else we need to look at other options like trading for Matera

      • Roar Guru

        September 14th 2017 @ 12:07pm
        Paul D said | September 14th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        Matera would be a great like for like replacement for Sylvia

        • September 14th 2017 @ 4:12pm
          Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

          Paul we all know freos fwd line has never recovered from Jack Anthony’s departure.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 1:14pm
        Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Deluca and Crozier are not small forwards. Both are fill ins. Matera is WAFL level only…unless he has a humility transplant. He plays like his dad, not his uncles.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 4:09pm
          Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

          Wally was pretty talented don unfortunately Brandon is more like a Morton not a matera.

          • September 15th 2017 @ 10:54am
            Don Freo said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

            Noel Morton was better than Wally Matera.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 12:28pm
      Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      You are right johno unfortunately it was always going to happen….Walters was great on the ball but he is someone who DOES kick goals bring in Matera would be great,Bennell stays fit will add to midfield with his classy disposal .Luke Ryan would be good but you would think he will go in the thirties

      • September 14th 2017 @ 1:15pm
        Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

        Luke Ryan will stay in defence. Liam Ryan has no defensive game.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 2:29pm
      Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

      Really,what a load of waffling rubbish,absolutely no idea,obviously never ever played the game at any level above under 10 years old .

      • September 14th 2017 @ 3:03pm
        Don Freo said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

        Luke Ryan?

        • September 14th 2017 @ 3:45pm
          Mattyb said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

          I think Johno is far closer to the mark than Jonboy although I’m not sure if Jon boy knows who Liam Ryan is. I don’t mind him but I highly doubt he will go for a pick in the 30’s,50’s or even the rookie draft seems more likely. Dons also right,he isn’t known for his defensive game,he’s also a permenant forward who wouldn’t have the endurance to play much onball at AFL level,which may work against him. Tim Kelly would be another local worth a look and could well go before Ryan.
          I’d be very surprised if Tabener wasn’t offered two more years. He’s actually someone I could see taking his game to another level next year.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 4:05pm
            Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

            I’ve got a feeling wce will grab Ryan for a similar pick that we spent on rioli last draft. His flair would be a welcome addition at eagles and if rioli comes on and Darling and Cripps already playing pressure fwd roles Ryan less defensive mindset wouldn’t be liability in my opinion

            • Roar Guru

              September 14th 2017 @ 4:28pm
              Paul D said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:28pm | ! Report

              The only gains Rioli is making is on his waistline

              • September 14th 2017 @ 4:36pm
                Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

                Can’t disagree there and west coast biggest challenge is getting his diet on track but at wafl level even for chubby little Augustus gloop whenever not injured his class shone thru.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 2:42pm
      Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

      Matti 6×6 hope the Eagles get up for you…Mummy out will make them even softer,eagles a better side but the young and fresher legs might just get them home it will be a huge effort if the eagles can get up.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 4:07pm
        Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

        Cheers jonboy history is against wce but history was against your boys in Geelong a few finals series ago and we all know what happened there.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 4:36pm
      Jon boy said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

      Mattyb..i thought you were better that . Liam Ryan is only 20 years old i am sure his defensive pressure will get a lot better and endurance with time and coaching he is super talent and i am sure he will play a lot of AFL games. Very few 20 year olds have it all. Knock him at your own Peril it might come back to bite you and DON.

      • Roar Guru

        September 14th 2017 @ 4:45pm
        AdelaideDocker said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

        Dude, they weren’t knocking him. They were just noting that he’s got better attributes than defensive pressure.

        You are right, though. He is only young. And he seems like a great talent. Freo could do worse.

        I will profess to not knowing to much about him, so I won’t comment to much πŸ™‚

        • September 14th 2017 @ 5:04pm
          Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

          AD hes got a bit of magic about him thats the exciting bit especially being a small fwd and winning the Bernie Naylor medal(last small to do that was medhurst if memory serves) naughton is who I expect freo to target for their 1st round selection this year and would expect Ryan to go before your guys have their 3rd rounder

      • September 14th 2017 @ 5:24pm
        Mattyb said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:24pm | ! Report

        Jon boy,I’ve been on the Liam Ryan train for two years,he has heaps of potential but a couple of things will never change,his beep tests for one are terrible and suggest he will never play many minutes as a mid. I was only pointing out he could improve his defensive game because when someone else said the same thing you said they were wrong.
        Anyway,I’m also into Kelly and think he will go first. Interestingly Ryan hasn’t been invited to the combine but Kelly has,this might just mean that teams outside WA are more interested in Kelly for varying reasons though.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 6:43pm
          Mattician6x6 said | September 14th 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

          Would it matter if he was never ran mid minutes matty? Walters is a rare talent who has had the ability to go thru the middle but how many other true small fwds successfully make the transition?not to many come to mind.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 10:02pm
            Mattyb said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:02pm | ! Report

            6×6,personally I don’t think it matters,I’m just thinking of what recruiters think. Like I’ve said,I’ve been pumping Ryan up before anyone and am clearly on record,he is a risky but a huge talent. I think there is some serious talent running around in the WAFL overall,and I watch a bit of state league football from all leagues.

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