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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). In 2014 she won the Melbourne Press Club's Graham Perkin award as Australian journalist of the year. She also won a MPC Quill Award in 2003.

Daisy Pearce (far right) with fellow players and potential future stars at the launch of the league.

AFL moves goalposts on women's league

The AFL now looks highly unlikely to expand its eight-team national women's competition until at least 2019 in a move which has placed it at odds with a number of losing bidder clubs who believe they have been misled.

Pragmatic Pies: Gary Pert and Geoff Walsh.

Walsh's return adds to the intrigue at Collingwood

The extraordinary return of Geoff Walsh to Collingwood little more than three years after he walked out of the club, having said his piece to some board members and clearly at odds with the chief executive Gary Pert, again underlines that football is as forgiving as it is pragmatic.

Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell say they won't contact Jobe Watson.

AFL in a muddle over Brownlow presentation

Even allowing for the appropriate sensitivity afforded Essendon's devastated Jobe Watson, the inescapable impression is that the AFL has danced around the practical details of how to manage the handover to Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin.