CHEEKY small forward Hayden Ballantyne has admitted his Grand Final performance was below par.

But the player known as the 'serial pest' said Fremantle had not dwelt on the disappointment of the loss to Hawthorn and he hadn't either, despite his poor day.

"My performance was average at best. As I have said, I can't control that now," Ballantyne said.

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"What's done is done. If we dwell on it now we can't do anything about the future, so we're working towards 2014 and that's what we have our sights set on."

Sylvia flying solo but expect big things: Ballantyne

Fremantle lost the Grand Final by 15 points after a terrible start, managing just one goal in the first half. Ballantyne did not kick a goal and had just 14 touches.

But life has changed significantly for Ballantyne since the bitter disappointment of September.

His partner Alyssa gave birth to a baby girl, Avery, a fortnight ago and Ballantyne is experiencing the joys of fatherhood for the first time.

"It's been good," Ballantyne said.

"Avery is awesome, but I'm not getting too much sleep at the moment, so training has been tough for the past few days.
"Mainly just the sleep, interrupted sleep all night. Other than that she's a happy, healthy baby and I'm pumped.

"Alyssa has been awesome during the whole process and I've learned a bit myself. It's awesome."

Below: Hayden Ballantyne hits the weights during a recent gym session. Picture: Sean Garnsworthy