Wilson full of pride

The Ashes Fouth Test 2017/18

Tom Wilson has praised the heart of his teammates as season 2018 drew to a close. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

Northern Blues captain Tom Wilson said he’s rarely been prouder of the team’s resolve over the last month and a half.

Northern’s season came to an end on the weekend, going down by 14 points to Essendon in a grandstand finish.

With the Bombers needing a win to cement a top-eight spot, the Blues went toe-to-toe with the finals hopefuls despite an inexperienced line-up containing two debutants and just six players with AFL experience.

Wilson said what the playing group had produced since a bye in Round 14 was something he’d loved being part of.

“I don’t remember being prouder of a six-week block than what we’ve produced,” Wilson said post-match.

“What we showed on Saturday, that what’s the ‘Ants Spirit’ is all about. We might not have gotten the result we were after, but it was bloody enjoyable to play in.”

Individually and collectively, there was a lot to like for Wilson.

The captain collected 40 disposals against the Bombers, producing a stunning solo performance which also included nine clearances, eight inside 50s and seven tackles.

As he’s done for 111 games in the jumper, his unwavering effort was a feature as the Blues just ran out of puff after two late goals.

Wilson paid testament to his teammates in the rooms after the game, and was looking forward already to next season.

“To the guys who won’t be here next year, thanks for everything you’ve done and for pulling the jumper on with absolute pride each week,” Wilson said.

“To the boys who will be here, let’s take this forward into next season. Bring on 2019.”