Chris Masten
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DOB
2/5/1989
Height
179cm
Weight
77 kg
Junior club
East Fremantle/Rossmoyne JFC
Arrived
Pick 3 in the 2007 national draft
Number
13 (2008-2009)
7 (2010-2019)
Debut
Round 2 2008 vs Adelaide
(176th Eagles player)
Games
215
Goals
69
Honours
B&F Top 10
3 (2012, 2013, 2014)
Best Finish
7th (2012)
Last app.
Semi Final 2019 vs Geelong
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 2019 season
Other clubs
East Fremantle (WAFL) 2007-2013
East Perth (WAFL) 2014-2018

A top three draft pick in 2007, Chris Masten overcome stringent criticism to play over 200 games including the 2018 premiership.

West Coast career[edit | edit source]

The East Fremantle product captained his state and earned All-Australian honours at under 18 level before being drafted by West Coast, the club he had supported as a child, with pick 3 which had been obtained from Carlton in the Chris Judd trade. Before he had played a game for the club he hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after being involved in a brawl on the South Perth foreshore on Australia Day, as a result of which he was suspended by the club for the duration of the pre-season.

Despite that initial hiccup he forced his way into the team for Round 2 of his debut season, and played nine games for the year before being sent off for season-ending groin surgery. Masten became a fixture in the side in 2009, playing 19 games and earning a Rising Star nomination after picking up 38 possessions in a loss to Port Adelaide. He was awarded the club's Rookie of the Year award at the end of the year.

In 2010 Masten, now wearing Chad Fletcher's number 7 jumper, played the first six games before injuring his knee in a derby and missing a major chunk of the season. He returned through the WAFL and played seven of the last nine rounds.

The hard-running midfielder seemed to have taken a step backwards in 2011, struggling to force his way into a strongly-performing side although his cause was not helped by a knee injury suffered in the first quarter of round 1. After making his way back through East Fremantle he lost his spot a couple of times throughout the year, but was in the side for the club's first finals series since 2007.

Masten began to come of age in 2012, playing every game for the year and adding consistent goalkicking to his repertoire, kicking 20 goals for the season as well as recording 30-plus possessions on multiple occasions. His best performance came against GWS early in the season when he kicked three goals from 30 touches. His career-best year led to a top-10 finish in the Club Champion award for the first time.

Masten continued to build on his good form in 2013, picking up 39 possessions and a goal in an early win over Melbourne. Despite some injury problems late in the year (particularly a serious-looking ankle injury against the Bulldogs that ultimately only cost him a game and a half), he finished the year with 19 games and another top-10 placing.

His form seemed to taper slightly under new coach Adam Simpson in 2014. Although he played almost every game, Masten did not have the same impact on games as in previous years as he struggled to adjust to more of an outside role. He improved in 2015, having a solid year until the late-season derby when he was controversially suspended for two weeks for biting the arm of Docker Nick Suban. On his return in the final home-and-away round Masten injured his hamstring, resulting in him missing the opening final and being well below his best in the preliminary and grand finals.

Masten had a setback early in 2016, missing the NAB Challenge after injuring his ankle in an intra-club scratch match. After missing the first two games he returned to the side in round 3 and played every game from then on, marking his 150th game mid-season, but failed to replicate his best form.

After playing the first ten games of 2017, Masten fell out of favour and found himself at East Perth for much of the second half of the season, adding just three games after the bye. He bounced back in 2018, locking in a spot on the wing and playing almost every game, including the successful Grand Final. After making his 200th appearance early in 2019, Masten again was in and out of the side, having a couple of stints in the reserves, and after the Eagles' premiership defence ended in the semi-finals, the club announced that he would seek opportunities elsewhere.

Stats[edit | edit source]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2008 9 1 4 79 39 57 136 41 13 EF 2 3 1 37 13 16 53
2009 19 5 11 175 39 211 386 53 21 0
2010 13 4 3 87 35 119 206 31 16 2 0 0 29 11 44 73 3
2011 13 7 4 91 32 99 190 42 24 7 7 1 95 27 98 193 43
2012 24 20 9 298 104 223 521 78 52 0
2013 19 9 3 282 84 218 500 74 64 0
2014 21 5 2 272 101 207 479 76 36 EP 0
2015 22 2 11 252 86 296 548 48 42 0
2016 21 4 4 231 83 237 468 38 38 1 0 1 12 3 16 28 6
2017 13 3 2 126 55 167 293 35 22 8 1 4 134 29 98 232 21
2018 24 7 5 274 140 190 464 42 23 0
2019 17 3 1 168 93 114 282 30 10 WCE 3 0 1 53 13 37 90 9
Tot 215 70 59 2335 891 2138 4473 588 361
Avg 0.3 10.9 4.1 9.9 20.8 2.7 1.7

Tribunal record[edit | edit source]

Year Rd Charge Outcome
2015 20 Biting N.Suban (Fre) Suspended for 2 weeks by Tribunal

News[edit | edit source]

17/9/19: Masten, Eagles agree to part ways

References[edit | edit source]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/C/Chris_Masten.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Masten

https://www.wafl.com.au/player/chris-masten

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