Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for The Age since 1999. She was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football on a full-time basis and the first woman to win the AFL's gold media award. She has won the AFL Players Association's football writer of the year (1999) and the AFL Media Association's most outstanding football writer and most outstanding feature writer (2000, 2003, 2005). She also won a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award in 2003.

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More Saturday afternoon football at the MCG next year

Caroline Wilson Saturday afternoon football at the MCG, the once-traditional punctuation mark of winters in Melbourne, will creep back into the AFL calendar next season.

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AFL, MCG and Etihad working towards a brighter future

A crowd of up to 75,000 is expected at the MCG tonight.

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan’s admission that the AFL had not worked closely enough with its two biggest stadiums has been warmly welcomed by both the MCG and Etihad with the relatively new Docklands...

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AFL moves to win back fans

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has established a blueprint to win back Victorian fans, admitting that the MCG and Etihad Stadium no longer set the benchmark as match-day venues and that the game's heartland has suffered...

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James Hird losing support of Essendon directors

James Hird’s employment agreement with Essendon involves clauses that could lead to his rich coaching contract being terminated should he break certain conditions.

Caroline Wilson The Essendon board meeting that ratified coach Mark Thompson’s ownership of the team for the remainder of the season also debated whether James Hird should return at all as senior coach for the...

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Demons rethink coach's succession

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne boss Peter Jackson admits the club could move away from its coaching succession plan come Paul Roos' departure at the end of 2016.

Taylor Walker learns how to run again

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Caroline Wilson Taylor Walker is not overstating it when he says his life changed on the April day last year he went down on one knee at the MCG.

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Free agency will widen gap between rich and poor clubs, says Taylor Walker

Taylor Walker believes relaxed player movement rules will harm the competition.

Caroline Wilson Adelaide star Taylor Walker has spoken out against free agency in the belief the recently relaxed player movement rules will ultimately harm the competition and widen the gap between the rich and...

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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy...

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Steven Trigg's appointment as Carlton chief executive a victory for second chances

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Caroline Wilson Steven Trigg's emergence as the new boss of one of Australian football's most famous clubs will be seen by less generous AFL observers as yet another victory for the boys' club.

Steve Trigg appointed as Carlton chief executive

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Caroline Wilson Carlton has appointed Steven Trigg as its new chief executive in a move which has created yet another vacancy at the helm of an AFL club with Adelaide immediately embarking upon its own executive...

Swans threaten to scale down their NSW development

Sydney Swans boss Andrew Ireland.

Caroline Wilson Sydney has threatened to radically scale down its investment in developing the game in NSW should the AFL revise the bidding system in a move which could force the club to pay a higher price for...

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James Hird unlikely to have match-day role with Bombers this year

Our understanding is that James Hird will not play any active match-day football role this season.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's strange decision to delay its call on James Hird's immediate future at the club smacks again of the kid-glove treatment afforded the exiled club legend.

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Mick Malthouse still to learn that results not the only measure of a coach

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Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's half-hearted mea culpa on Thursday said as much about the changing times in which he is coaching as about the man himself.

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Blues tell Malthouse to lift his media game

Carlton Press Conference with coach Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's admission that he may need to change his demeanour in post-match media conferences came after a series of frank in-house discussions at the club.

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Players want new concussion rules

AFL players are pushing for independent medical advice for concussions.

Caroline Wilson AFL players are pushing for independent medical advice to determine the fate of potentially concussed players at league games.

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Andrew Newbold urges overhaul of father-son and academy picks in drive towards equalisation

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Caroline Wilson Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has backed Collingwood’s Eddie McGuire in raising misgivings over the AFL academies in Sydney and southern Queensland and urged the league to work towards a...

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Travis Auld to join McLachlan's executive

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has poached Travis Auld - the man it placed in charge of its 17th team the Gold Coast Suns - to take centre stage in the new Gillon McLachlan administration.

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Full-time CEO, skills boost in coaching changes

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and Richmond coach Damien Hardwick arrive.

Caroline Wilson Premiership coaches Alastair Clarkson and John Longmire along with Fremantle's Ross Lyon have stepped onto the coaches' board.

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Eddie McGuire's passion can be a pitfall

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Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire's voice is so loud it cannot help prove a distraction to his staff.

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Danny Frawley to reveal health issues after returning to work on Wednesday

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Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will this week end his self-imposed sabbatical from the media, in a return to work which will see him reveal details of the health issues that followed his departure from the top job at...