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.

AFL backs fans, not coaches, on Etihad roof

Caroline Wilson The AFL looks set to stay true to its vow to dedicate the 2015 season to the game's supporters where the controversial Etihad Stadium roof is concerned.

Port Adelaide extend Ken Hinkley's deal until end of 2018

Ken Hinkley.

Caroline Wilson Ken Hinkley has signed on as Port Adelaide coach until the end of 2018, signing a two-year contract extension with the Power.

AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick apologises to clubs over Chris Langford reinstatement

Fitzpatrick said he reappointed Langford on the basis his board had already lost three commissioners.

Caroline Wilson AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick has apologised to the clubs for his handling of Chris Langford's reinstatement to the commission.

McGuire says there's no role for players in broadcast negotiations

Eddie McGuire is understood to have questioned the role of the AFL Players Association following the league’s AGM.

Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire has led the charge in labeling the push by the AFL players to play a first-hand role in the forthcoming broadcast negotiations as "ridiculous".

Ben Cousins tragedy hangs large again over AFL

Ben Cousins led away by police after his arrest in 2007.

Caroline Wilson Six years after his much-heralded but ultimately anti-climactic comeback to football was witnessed by almost 90,000 at the MCG, the tragic story of Ben Cousins casts a shadow over yet another AFL...

Dockers say Ryan Crowley will not be picked for round one

Ryan Crowley will continue his provisional suspension, which will allow time already served to be discounted should he be handed a negative finding.

Caroline Wilson Fremantle has moved to dispel suggestions it could push to select Ryan Crowley for the club’s round-one clash with Port Adelaide.

AFL players want say in rights talks

AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Caroline Wilson The AFL players union has made a bold pitch to take part in the forthcoming broadcast rights talks in a simultaneous push for a percentage share of the game’s future media revenue.

New MCC chief Steven Smith has some regrets over his 200-game football career


Caroline Wilson Melbourne Cricket Club president-elect Steven Smith volunteered a disheartening statistic regarding his VFL career.

Western Bulldogs boss Peter Gordon leads way for a brighter future

Peter Gordon feels wounded and wronged by the latest so-called scandal to engulf his club.

Caroline Wilson It was with a heightened sense of aggrievement that Western Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon quipped on Friday that he was thinking of inventing a new board game entitled ‘‘The...

AFL executive Sam Graham lands big NSW job

A suburban footballer was racially abused during a match on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson Sam Graham, the AFL executive recently sounded out for the top job at the Western Bulldogs, will instead take over the crucial job of running football in NSW.

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...