Tash Wilson - the Promising Bushranger
There are perhaps not many better ways to determine a player’s potential than by the age that they were when they made a significant debut.
For Tash Wilson, the young Victorian prospect made her NAB League Girls debut at age 14—which is certainly a promising sign.
Five years after first strapping on the footy boots, the 2021 season saw Tash take to the field with the Murray Bushrangers during Round 4. She would go on to play two more matches before the season was through.
“It was an incredible opportunity as not many people around Australia can do so at such a young age.”
This was the latest chapter of a promising footballing journey, one that has been building since her first year of football in 2016. Back then, she decided to play football as a means of escape and as “a fun way of staying active”.
Then the young Bushranger quickly found herself loving the sport, particularly getting to “develop new skills and meeting new people”.
Her first season of football saw her don the colours of the Brunswick Dragons where, in a positive sign of things to come, she was labelled as the Most Determined Player.
Tash then spent 2017 and 2018 with the Newport Power, with 2018 proving to be her first big breakout year with the prospect claiming her club’s Best and Fairest while also finishing third overall in the 2018 WRFL Best and Fairest.
2019 then saw Tash play for the Wodonga Saints and the Thurgoona Bulldogs, and she would continue with her fine form by finishing runner-up to the 2019 Wodonga Best and Fairest.
During 2019 she also gained her first experience of playing representative football as the prospect played in V-Line footy and played in the boy’s Interleague side.
The post-season in 2019 marked a new chapter for Tash as she joined the Murray Bushrangers.
And, while 2020 was a heavily disrupted year, she has remained positive and continued to develop her skills which have paid off since she has been asked to “do V-Line again this year”.
Getting to play three NAB League Girls matches at such a young age is impressive alone, yet the humble prospect has also really enjoyed her time off the field with the Bushrangers.
“It has been an amazing opportunity to develop new skills and find a better way to develop at an elite standard.”
While her list of accolades is promising and growing with each year, Tash says that “all the rep sides I’ve played in and making new lifelong friends” have been her favourite parts of her footballing journey.
However, these favourite moments are not alone, with one amazing experience of hers being one that would make most football fans envious. Which was getting to toss the coin at an Essendon versus Collingwood match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“It was amazing the atmosphere was incredible and walking through the MCG.”
Yet despite these outstanding experiences and an impressive list of accolades, this humble Bushranger is simply doing what she loves—and that is playing footy.
“A special thank you to Tim Madden and IIlish Ross for influencing my footy career when moving up to Albury Wodonga.”
So, what is the next chapter for this young, exciting Victorian prospect?
“Long term goal is to get drafted to the AFLW and become a secondary sports teacher. Shorter-term goal is to play Vic Country.”
Tash Wilson’s career has been building ever since she first strapped on the boots back in 2016, and she reached a new height this year with her NAB League Girls debut. Considering she is only 15, and with many great experiences already, the future looks bright for this young Bushranger.
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