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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.

Erin Phillips with wife Tracy Gahan on the coral carpet at the inaugural AFLW awards.

It's past time for AFL to support same-sex marriage

Speaking as an Australian, there was sadness – heartbreak really – to watch AFLW best and fairest winner Erin Phillips pay tribute to her partner in the knowledge that the couple have returned to a country that still bans them from getting married.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan and his team may have averted this problem, if they had made decisions earlier on the AFLW ...

Late call on AFLW finale is unprofessional

The AFLW grand final venue debacle that has so enraged league bosses and the Brisbane Lions is perhaps symptomatic of a competition born in haste and raised on the run.

Cats coach Chris Scott.

Cats to offer Chris Scott two-year extension

Geelong will offer Chris Scott a revised two-year contract extension after the premiership coach's management rejected the Cats' move to put a minimum payout clause into the new deal.

Charlie Spargo, playing for the Allies in the AFL under 18s against Vic Country last year, is now out of reach of the Giants.

Giants big losers in academy shake-up

The AFL Commission has decided to strip Greater Western Sydney of its Murray region recruiting zone in a move that will shape the immediate futures of two highly-rated draft prospects.

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Comment: Why Giants should lose rich recruiting zone

The AFL Commission will surely end months of procrastination over the next 24 hours and finally correct the flawed favouritism it bestowed upon its youngest club by handing it a virtual Australian rules grass-roots recruiting zone.