Chantal Mason of the Falcons kicks a goal during the round nine Coates Talent League Girls match between Geelong Falcons and Northern Territory Academy.

Chantal Mason is only officially two weeks into her AFLW career, but the new Cat is already relishing the chance to learn off some of the best forwards in the competition.  

The forward was taken with the Cats first pick (pick 18) in the 2023 AFLW draft, fresh off a standout season with the Geelong Falcons, a season that saw her kick 31 goals in 13 home and away season games.  

Among the 31 goals included a haul of seven against the Bendigo Pioneers and a bag of six goals against the Tasmania Devils.  

The 19-year-old spoke to the media on her introduction to the Geelong program, looking to take the opportunity with two hands and to learn and grow amongst a highly talented group of players.  


"Being drafted back in December, it's been a long time coming but it is so good to be out there training with the team, adapting to the next level,” Mason said.  

"We have a very good forward line on paper, but I just want to learn off them as much as I can.

“They have got so much to offer, so I want to soak up as much information as possible and learn the structures.  

It is so exciting to have so many great forwards surrounding me, to really help me learn." 

Mason has already had the taste of life as a Cat, with the 19 year old spending time with the VFLW Cats this season, crediting those games to helping her preparation for the upcoming AFLW season.  

"I played the opening eight rounds with the VFLW, which was a great experience and so good to adapt and adjust to the higher level,” Mason said.  
“It has been good meeting a bunch of new people and settling into the team. 
“As a taller player I want to work on my skills when the ball hits the ground, but I think that has been something I have been working on for the past few years.  
“Focusing on my tackle pressure and defensive efforts, I am always trying to ramp those up which is something I worked on at VFL level too.”  
Mason kicked eight goals in eight games in the VFLW season, with the Round 6 clash against North Melbourne a highlight. The forward kicked three goals to go with 18 disposals to help lead Geelong to a 24 point win.