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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.

Chris Yarran during a Richmond Tigers AFL pre-season training session at ME Bank Centre in 2015.

Tigers had right to know Yarran's drug secrets

The sad but ultimately hopeful story of Chris Yarran's battle with ice addiction cannot help but vindicate critics of the AFL's illicit drugs policy and raise the eye brows of football supporters who analysed every nuance of that 2015 trade period.

Former St Kilda president Rod Butterss.

AFL has done appalling job on gambling, says Butterss

Former St Kilda president and recovering addict Rod Butterss has accused the AFL of "lazy leadership", pointing to the game's $10 million-a-year deal with CrownBet and its refusal to take a strong stand on gambling advertising leading into and during match broadcasts.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan gave the media an update at the conclusion of the club CEOs’ conference.

No choice but to let Lethlean go: McLachlan

The AFL had little choice in terminating its football boss, Simon Lethlean, because his authority as the purveyor of rules and regulations across the 18 clubs had been too badly damaged.

Essendon's comeback season has been marked by record membership and the largest attendances in the competition.

Essendon to push for extra MCG game

Etihad Stadium's historic anchor tenant club Essendon looks certain to push to cut its match quota there in exchange for one extra game a season at the MCG.