It was a significant year of personal milestones for Northern Blues captain, Tom Wilson. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
With the 2018 season done and dusted, it’s time to look back on the performances from the Northern Blues players in the year that was.
The Regency Windows player reviews are back for another season: kicking it off is the Club’s No.1, Tom Wilson.
BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 435 (25.6) Marks: 75 (4.4) Contested possessions: 199 (11.7) Clearances: 124 (7.3) Centre clearances: 46 (2.7) Tackles: 108 (6.4) Inside 50s: 91 (5.4)
2018 IN FOCUS
2018 will go down as the year where Tom Wilson officially stamped himself as one of the greats of the Northern Blues Football Club.
Wilson capped off another consistent season with his third Laurie Hill Trophy, in a year where his stats were at a career-best. In key indicators for a midfielder, Wilson led the Blues for disposals, clearances, inside 50s and contested possessions.
Desperately unlucky to miss out on a second VFL Team of the Year nod, it was a fruitful personal year for Wilson, who notched up his 100th game for the Blues in Round 7.
The heart and soul of the Club showed no signs of slowing down, and played a valuable mentoring role to the bevy of youngsters which arrived over the summer.
Intent on returning the Northern Blues to finals football, the 26-year-old and third-year captain showed he’s still got a lot to offer.
Not the result we wanted for our champion.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) May 19, 2018
Wilson arguably saved his best until the last game of the season, when the Blues ran eventual preliminary finalists Essendon right down to the wire.
The captain was more industrious than he’s ever been, racking up a career-high 40 disposals and 10 clearances against the Bombers.
Wilson polled three votes in the Liston Trophy for his 34-disposal, 11-clearance performance against Werribee in the Round 16 win.
It was a year of personal highlights for Wilson, beginning with his century of games at Box Hill City Oval — the venue where he played his 50th game.
However, capping the year off with another Laurie Hill Trophy was a significant moment, as he became just the fourth player in 80 years to win three best and fairest awards.