Chris Masten

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Chris Masten
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Personal information
Full name Chris Masten
Date of birth (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 27)
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft 3rd overall, 2007 National Draft (West Coast)
Height / weight 179 cm / 77 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 7
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008– West Coast 163 (59)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd2 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Chris Masten (born 2 May 1989) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was chosen as the first round pick (number 3 overall) in the 2007 AFL Draft by the Eagles, the team he had supported as a child.[1]

Career[edit]

Standing at 179 cm, Masten projects as an inside midfielder in the mould of fellow West Australians Paul Hasleby & Simon Black. Features of his game include clean hands, good vision, courageous attack on the ball and a very large aerobic capacity.[citation needed] Masten showed strong leadership in the 2007 Under 18 championships, captaining Western Australia[2] to win the tournament and on an individual level winning All-Australian honours averaging 25 disposals and five clearances across the 3 games. He was also a graduate of the AIS/AFL Academy in 2006.

He made his senior debut for WAFL team East Fremantle in the Round 1 win against South Fremantle, gathering 17 disposals and kicking 3 goals. Masten went on to play 15 games and average 14 disposals per game while also kicking 6 goals for the season.

Masten made his professional debut in round 2 of the 2008 season against Adelaide. While in his debut match he gathered 11 possessions, he was dropped for the next match against arch-rivals Fremantle. He returned for the next match against Sydney finishing with 16 possessions, the second highest possession getter for the team in that match, he went to play a further 7 matches of the season including West Coast's win over the Adelaide Crows in Round 9 of 2008, in that match he also scored his first goal in the AFL before being sent away mid-season to have groin surgery for osteitis pubis.

He returned in 2009 and was awarded an AFL rising star nomination in Round 16 against Port Adelaide, with a career-high 38 possession game.[2]

In 2012 Masten played in every game and finished seventh in the club's best and fairest award.[3] He repeated the top 10 finishes for the next two years as he cemented his position in the Eagles midfield.[4][5]

In August 2015, Masten was found guilty of biting Fremantle Docker player Nick Suban by the AFL tribunal.[6] He was suspended for two matches.[7] It was the first biting case in the AFL since former Eagle Chris Lewis was banned for three matches in 1991.[8]

Off-field incident[edit]

On Australia Day in 2008, Masten was arrested for disorderly conduct after drunkenly punching a man to the ground. Masten pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charge and was fined $750 and ordered to pay costs of $110 and received a spent conviction.[9] Masten was also fined $2000 and suspended by the West Coast Eagles from the pre-season NAB cup.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eagles fan Chris Masten delighted to be picked by West Coast
  2. ^ a b Masten gets rising star nomination
  3. ^ "2012 Club Best and Fairest Awards". 
  4. ^ "2013 Club Best and Fairest Awards". 
  5. ^ "2014 Club Best and Fairest Awards". 
  6. ^ Nicholson, Larissa (18 August 2015). "West Coast's Chris Masten found guilty of biting". 
  7. ^ Hope, Shayne (19 August 2015). "Masten ban doesn't pass "sniff test"". 
  8. ^ Murnane, Matt (18 August 2015). "Chris Masten facing five-week suspension if found guilty of biting Nick Suban: Garry Lyon". 
  9. ^ West Coast Eagle Masten fined $750
  10. ^ Chris Masten in strife over Australia Day allegations

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