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Cometti: Comfortably my worst yet ...

Michael Walters is the missing link for the Fremantle Dockers at the moment.

But as important as Walters might be, Hayden Ballantyne is doing the work of two-and-a-half men at the moment.

The guy everybody loves to hate, the featherweight who carries himself like a heavyweight, was outstanding again in Saturdays win over Richmond at the MCG.

It was a result that surely would have been different without Ballantyne's pressure packed six-goal performance.

And if you think back to last Tuesday he was no good thing to play.

When the Match Review Panel saw fit to pass on a clash involving Ballantyne and Adelaide's Matthew Jaensch directly to the tribunal, many feared the worst.

That luck favoured the diminutive forward at the roulette wheel that's the current judiciary system of the AFL was a win for common sense and ultimately for Fremantle.

The West Australian

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