- Date of Birth: 23/7/1999
- Height: 195cm
- Weight: 82kg
- Club: Sturt/Mitcham
- Position: Tall midfielder/Wing
- Plays like: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
A late bloomer throughout the season, Ballard came home with a rush after impressing with averages of 18 disposals and four marks at the Under-18 AFL National Championships. Deceptively tall for a midfielder, Ballard was used off a wing for South Australia but can also play in a variety of roles such is his flexibility. Played in Sturt’s Torrens Uni Cup U18 premiership and Reserves Premiership in the space of seven days while also receiving an invite to the AFL Combine in Melbourne.