Wilson: “Sensational” effort provides benchmark

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Ahead of another big test, captain Tom Wilson says the Northern Blues need to keep a good thing going. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

Tom Wilson labelled Sunday’s victory as another “significant step” in the growth of the football club.

Wilson was once again a pivotal player as he led his side from the front in a 55-point victory over Casey.

It was Northern’s first win over the Demons since 2012, with Wilson joined only by Dylan Buckley as the two players remaining from that side who triumphed.

The captain highlighted his pride of the playing group, particularly given it was the club’s second straight win at Preston City Oval.

“I thought our pressure was sensational for four quarters,” Wilson said post-match.

“We want to play our way no matter where we play, but especially when we’re at Preston on our home deck we really want to make it a hard place to come to.

“We want to put a stamp on the competition, so to do it in consecutive games against Williamstown and now Casey — two really good sides for a long time — is really good reward for the effort being put in.”

The Blues sit in third position with a 4-1 record after five rounds: the reverse of their record at this stage last year.

While hesitant to compare one year to the previous given the amount of change that’s been had, Wilson credited the system as central to the club’s development to date.

“I think the difference from then until now is we’ve had 12 months in the system that we want to play,” Wilson said.

“The way we’re united as a collective group is evident, especially in the rooms post-game after a result like we’ve just had.”

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser mentioned a need post-match to continue raising the bar and fronting up with unwavering effort each week.

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Wilson echoed the coach’s sentiments, saying consistency was the key trademark which Northern wanted to be identified by.

“We’re not getting too high or too low, we need to keep ticking the boxes and make sure we keep backing up,” Wilson said.

“The challenges keep coming: we’ve enjoyed the win, but we know that it’s a long season and we have to keep fronting up. We’ll take everything on board as a positive as something we can certainly improve on.

“We need to give our all week-in, week-out, as the Sandringhams, the Caseys and the Williamstowns have been able to do. Good teams do it for a long period of time, not just for three or four weeks: that’s our aim.”

The Blues host Sandringham this Saturday at Preston City Oval in a top-four clash. The VFL game begins at 2pm, with entry free for Northern Blues members.