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2018 Player Review: Chris Masten

Best of 2018 - Masten Chris Masten continued to use his elite running-base to work up and down the ground, also notching a new career-high for rebound 50s.

It’s hard to think of an Eagle who underwent a bigger transformation in 2018 than Chris Masten. A mainstay of West Coast’s midfield for the past five years, the hard-running onballer endured his toughest season to date in 2017. But he bounced back with a bang this year and thrived in a new role designed to make the most of his unique aerobic capacity. Masten achieved new career highs for average marks (5.8), rebounds 50s (2.4) and disposal efficiency (78%) en route to becoming a West Coast Eagles premiership player.

Premiership play: A timely smother
The moment could not have been bigger. Collingwood, leading by two points with less than four minutes remaining in the game, had the ball locked in their forward 50m and were looking to ice the game. The ball spilled out of a contest into the arms of Taylor Adams – arguably the Magpies’ best player on the day – and his eyes lit up as he threw the Sherrin onto his right boot. Fortunately, Masten was in the right place at the right time and smothered what could have been the match-winner for the Pies.

Season averages:

Disposals: 19.3
Marks: 5.8
Score involvements: 4.0
Tackles inside 50: 4.0
Intercepts: 3.4
Rebound 50s: 2.4
Inside 50s: 2.4
Tackles: 1.8