The big boy from Barmara will play his 50th game for West Adelaide Football Club on Saturday. Our Senior Coach and Football Manager were asked about him.
Senior Coach Mark Mickan;
“Mason Middleton is clearly in the very top echelon of big men in the SANFL. His competitiveness in the air combined with his sharp ground level skills and his versatility make him a valuable asset to West Adelaide. A key player in our 2015 premiership, Mason, from Barmera has continued to improve in the two subsequent years which is testimony to his determination to be the best player he can be. It hasn’t always been an easy task to play as a key forward during that time. Mason’s 50 games have been very well played but there is no doubt that as good as Mason has been for WAFC, his best football is still ahead of him. A very popular figure amongst the players, we all join as one and congratulate Mason on 50 outstanding games.”
Football Manager Andrew Marks;
One of my first trips to the Riverland, Alby Brand (a previous zone manager) introduced me to a lad who had massive hands. I needed to collect a registration form so he could travel to Adelaide to play for Westies under 18’s on a Friday night game against North Adelaide. Then under 18 coach Greg Mellor was keen to see him play as there were big wraps about this lad. The lads name was Mason Middleton from Barmera Monash Football Club who was only 17 but boy was he big. Mason then relocated to Adelaide the following year and played under 18’s under Jarrod Meers. Jarrod helped develop Mason by playing him in a number of positions in an attempt to get him drafted. The AFL’s loss was Westies gain with Mason making his league debut in a Friday night game against the Crows in 2014. Mason was a key member of our premiership side providing a key target and those massive hands helped him to develop into one of the SANFL’s best contested marks in the competition. Mason had a great 2016 winning the Keith Reynolds trophy as being the best player developed from our zone and the clubs most improved trophy.