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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.

Beseiged: Lions coach Justin Leppitsch.

Late bid to save Leppitsch from the axe

A last-ditch attempt to save Justin Leppitsch from the axe at Brisbane has emerged in recent days after a robust board meeting on Tuesday which saw powerbroker Leigh Matthews insist upon adjourning the final decision until next week.

Hodge will likely give up the captaincy for 2017.

Hodge to take pay cut to stay at Hawks

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has taken a major pay cut and will probably relinquish the club captaincy he has held for six years in his call to play on in 2017.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos, not to be re-contracted for next season by the club, ...

North Melbourne's cold-hearted cull

North Melbourne's bombshell decision to forcibly retire Brent Harvey via press release presents as one of the game's more clinical and cold-hearted manoeuvres of recent years even allowing for the timing, coach Brad Scott's "team first" mantra and the calibre of players who were delisted alongside him.

Brett Montgomery has been left in limbo.

Montgomery ditched by Dogs and left to flounder in limbo

The Western Bulldogs' strange decision to publicly eject assistant coach Brett Montgomery before the end of the season has left Montgomery in limbo and cast doubt over the so-called August 1 deadline put in place to create transparency between clubs and assistant coaches.