Caroline Wilson

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). She also won a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award in 2003.

Why Leigh Matthews would have 'handed the keys back' on Brisbane Lions


Caroline Wilson Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has accused the AFL of casting his club aside in its zeal to successfully establish a second team in Queensland.

New wave of senior AFL coaches revealed

Goodwin is already guaranteed to replace Paul Roos at Melbourne when Roos steps down late next year.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The next wave of potential senior AFL coaches has emerged, with nine men to complete the new level-four coaching program.

Port Adelaide fear key pair may be suspended by anti-doping tribunal

Angus Monfries (left) is one of the Port players who may miss the opening games of the season.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide have admitted to fears they could lose two of their most crucial players — Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries — to anti-doping suspensions for the opening games of the 2015...

AFL clubs delusional, says West Coast chief

Trevor Nisbett:

Caroline Wilson One of the AFL's longest-serving chiefs has accused the clubs of being "delusional" and "undisciplined" as they continue to gloss over mounting debts and multimillion-dollar losses.

Docker Ryan Crowley's secret exposes AFL woes

Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance.

Caroline Wilson Ryan Crowley’s desperately unfortunate and highly likely career-ending secret has exposed not only inadequacies in the player himself but once again serious deficiencies in the AFL’s...

Selling back free agency suggested by former AFL powerbroker

Jeff Browne's view is that the free agency system has rewarded the top players but would ultimately cause a squeeze across the middle tier of club lists and lower paid footballers.

Caroline Wilson Former AFL powerbroker Jeff Browne has suggested the players sell back their free agency rights to the competition’s governing body in a bid to more evenly spread the payment rewards from the...

Innocent or guilty? The 'Essendon 34' to know on March 31

An AFL anti-doping tribunal decision will be handed down four days before Essendon's season opener.

Caroline Wilson The AFL's anti-doping tribunal will hand down its findings on 34 past and present Essendon players on March 31, four days before the Bombers’ season opener against Sydney.

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AFL backed Goodwin for Demons

Succession plan: Paul Roos.

Caroline Wilson The Melbourne Football Club sought assurances from the AFL before it employed Simon Goodwin to become Paul Roos' successor.

AFL clubs empowered to set prices in revamped ticket system

Clubs will have the authority to set their own reserved seating prices.

Caroline Wilson Every Victorian AFL club has been empowered to rank their games according to popularity in a new style of variable ticketing that the competition hopes will help lift attendances in the...

Gillon McLachlan intervenes over plans for joint press conferences

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan has intervened in the proposed $500,000 agreement between the AFL coaches and Fox Footy to stage joint post-game press conferences after every exclusive pay-TV game during the 2015...

Rocket deal was jeopardised by Hunt drug controversy

Caroline Wilson Rodney Eade’s Gold Coast sponsorship was threatened when reports persisted that the Karmichael Hunt cocaine controversy would involve other Suns players.

Comeback coach Rodney Eade has to be coaxed into delivering tougher love

‘‘I know I’ll see our players push through their boundaries’’: Rodney Eade is helping Suns players aim high.

Caroline Wilson It was in one of his early conversations with Gary Ablett that Rodney Eade decided to run past his captain an observation involving his father, the enigmatic Gary senior.

Pay TV negotiating deal with AFL coaches

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, under pressure from his own club to improve his media performances in the final year of his current contract, has not yet agreed to take part.

Caroline Wilson The AFL coaches are negotiating an annual $500,000 deal with Fox Footy that which will see opposing coaches hold joint post-game press conferences.

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Andrew Catterall and the AFL boys' club

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Caroline Wilson The strange decision by Andrew Demetriou last month to publicly and glowingly endorse his former executive Andrew Catterall has cast a shadow over AFL headquarters, leaving past and present staff...

Essendon rejoices as Kevin Sheedy is set to return home

Kevin Sheedy waves his jacket after his last game.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's desperate but determined campaign to lure Kevin Sheedy back to the Bombers has been successful.

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Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley hands reins to Matthew Nicks for pre-season games

Caroline Wilson In what has emerged as the most surprising coaching handover of the 2015 pre-season, Matthew Nicks will replace Ken Hinkley for the next fortnight of NAB Challenge games.

Having media performers on Match Review Panel makes no sense

Luke Ball, seen here after his final game in 2014, is one former player who seems certain to face on-air or on-screen dilemmas, which will mean being forced to choose one employer over the other.

Caroline Wilson The AFL's  redesign of its often controversial and generally clunky judicial system appears as practical and pragmatic as it was fine tuned and well considered.

Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh reveals he once would have 'screamed at Brent Reilly to get up'

Self-examination: New Adelaide
Crows coach Phil Walsh.

Caroline Wilson Every day since he snatched the Adelaide coaching job with a performance that left the Crows' interview panel speechless, Phil Walsh has learnt something new about himself and the game that he has...

AFL could scrap substitute rule


Caroline Wilson The contentious substitute rule could be removed by the end of 2015 as part of an AFL push to simplify and streamline interchange rotations.

AFL bid to fast-track women's national league

Gillon McLachlan

Caroline Wilson AFL boss Gillon McLachlan will push to fast track the launch of a national women's league with the goal of creating an Australia-wide competition by the start of 2017.