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.

Fans queue outside Etihad Stadium.

AFL trying to reinvent Etihad as a fan-friendly venue

Gillon McLachlan's acknowledgement that supporters deserve better treatment at Etihad Stadium has seen the AFL second the Melbourne Football Club's marketing boss to work over the summer to help transform the venue in time for 2017.

Struggling: Tiger Chris Yarran has returned to Melbourne for the second year running in less-than-ideal condition.

Yarran's future at Richmond in doubt

Chris Yarran's future at Richmond remains in serious doubt with the 25-year-old still struggling to reach the fitness levels demanded by the Tigers after a long lay-off from the game.

Pie chiefs Gary Pert and Eddie McGuire.

Eddie McGuire, Gary Pert looking shaky after drugs scandal

As the fall-out continues from Collingwood's strange decision to appoint Graeme Allan on a long-term deal as the club's football boss, the biggest question still surrounds why Eddie McGuire and Gary Pert pushed through the appointment despite realising Allan was in serious trouble.