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Draft 2017: Pick 25, Noah Balta Highlights of Richmond's pick 25 in the 2017 National Draft, Noah Balta

Richmond has used its third selection, No. 25 overall, in the 2017 National Draft to recruit athletic key-position player Noah Balta.

Here is a summary of what Richmond fans can expect to see from Balta, in future seasons . . .


Noah Balta profile

Date of birth: 23/10/1999

Height: 195cm

Weight: 95kg  

Position: Tall utility

From: Calder Cannons


Noah is an athletic key-position player, who has displayed the capacity to play almost all positions on the ground throughout the past two years.

After missing the final cut for Vic Metro under-16s in 2015, he showed great potential during the second half of 2016 at TAC Cup level for the Calder Cannons.

He had a solid 2017 overall, without consistently achieving the high standard of football he is capable of.

Regardless of that, his elite traits were never far from the surface, and he still played some top games for Calder and was a solid contributor for Vic Metro in the under-18 national championships as a key defender, including an effective negating role on highly-touted 17-year-old Jack Lukosius. 

Noah has great speed and recovery, as well as a physical presence with his size and a willingness to jump into marking contests.

He is a strong contested mark, but also stays in the contest at ground level, where he displays a real desire to chase and harass.

And he’s a thumping right-foot kick, who can consistently hit the scoreboard from outside 50 metres.

We believe Noah has the attributes which will align with the brand of football we have played over the past year, and that he will be a top addition to our playing group as a developing tall.