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.

Gold Coast plan to lose Harley Bennell and Charlie Dixon

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast will move this week to prolong Harley Bennell's suspension with the club formulating an intensified off-field rehabilitation program for the troubled footballer.

Phil Walsh's brutal honesty was a breath of fresh air

Caroline Wilson Few AFL coaches have delivered more in 12 senior games than the half-season Phillip Walsh contributed to the sport he so adored.

Coach's brutal honesty was a breath of fresh air

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Few AFL coaches have delivered more in 12 senior games than the half-season Philip Walsh contributed to the sport he so adored.

Demon Bernie Vince still living the dream and hoping for finals footy

Caroline Wilson Although he says he probably should, Bernie Vince has no regrets about his football life.

Back to the future in radical zone plan

Plans pending: AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is set to roll out his national review of the game.

Caroline Wilson A radical AFL proposal to introduce club-branded academies and zones across the competition looks certain to be the headline act emerging from Gillon McLachlan's national review of the game.

Former chief Andrew Demetriou giving game a wide berth

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou is showing no signs of breaking following his cold-turkey withdrawal from the game which consumed close to two decades of his working life.

AFL introduces new rule against ducking

AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has taken the radical step of introducing a mid-season rule change after concerns that players were willingly risking head injuries by ducking into contests.

Indigenous coverage running out of money

Richmond players sing the club song in the rooms after defeating Essendon in the Dreamtime at the G game on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson Days after the game celebrated Adam Goodes' dance and a near-record Dreamtime attendance at the MCG, it has emerged that the jewel in the AFL's Indigenous broadcasting crown may fold due to lack of...

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says Adam Goodes' 'war cry' celebration not offensive

Backed by the AFL: Adam Goodes.

Matt Murnane, Caroline Wilson The AFL has belatedly weighed in on the debate sparked by Adam Goodes' "war cry" goal celebration, with the Swans star receiving support from league chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

AFL has seen the light on fan innovations

Travis Auld:

Caroline Wilson The AFL has conceded it antagonised a significant section of football fans early this season in its attempts to revamp home-and-away games at the MCG and Etithad Stadium.

Hawks missed a chance to stop Goodes boos

Dividing the crowd: Adam Goodes of the Swans.

Caroline Wilson A series of unscheduled but high level conversations behind the glass at the MCG last Saturday night underlined the complexities around the booing of dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes.

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice won't lose sleep over Malthouse

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice announcing Malthouse’s sacking.

Caroline Wilson Carlton president Mark LoGiudice said he would "not lose a minute's sleep" over the potential damage Mick Malthouse's next media interview could inflict upon the club but added he hoped both the...

Mick Malthouse risked losing his Blues payout

Michael Malthouse

Jake NIall, Caroline Wilson and Ronny Lerner Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has cited a loss of trust between his board and Mick Malthouse as the reason behind the veteran coach's sacking on Tuesday afternoon.

Mick Malthouse: the bitter end

Mick Malthouse: end of an era.

Caroline Wilson There was a disturbing hint of menace underneath the official Carlton media conference that announced the bitter end of Mick Malthouse's 30-year coaching career.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse expected to be sacked within hours

Mick Malthouse

Caroline Wilson, Claire Siracusa Mick Malthouse's sacking as coach of Carlton is expected within hours after a radio interview saw Carlton chiefs immediately call an unscheduled meeting of board members and chief executive Steven...

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All that can be saved now is Mick Malthouse's dignity

Defiant Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson For the second time in four years, Mick Malthouse and his broken heart have lurched onto a collision course with their football club.

Carlton to inform Mick Malthouse of coaching fate in a fortnight

Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's record-breaking coaching career is expected to end within a fortnight, with Carlton bringing forward its decision on the beleaguered senior coach.

GWS coach Leon Cameron leaps to defence of Gold Coast Suns

AFL Sherrin

Caroline Wilson Leon Cameron has defended the Giants' big brother club the Gold Coast Suns and their horrendous start to the 2015 season.

The emerging team behind Leon Cameron's emerging team

Caroline Wilson No one was more dismayed than Leon Cameron when, roughly this time last season, his fledgling team was on the wrong end of a series of thrashings and the spotlight shone not upon him or his players...

Ex-Pie labels son's draft case a disgrace

Former Magpie Craig Stewart said the manner in which the Magpies rejected his son James (centre) was a cautionary tale for the competition.

Caroline Wilson Former Magpie Craig Stewart has labelled Collingwood's handling of his son James 'a disgrace' and called for clubs to improve their duty of care towards potential father-son selections.