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.

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Saints closer to heading home to Junction Oval

Caroline Wilson The romantic notion of the St Kilda Football Club returning home to the Junction Oval has moved one step closer to reality following top-level talks between the AFL and the Victorian government.

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Andrew Demetriou denies rumours of extended leave

Andrew Demetriou says he has never understood the concept of remaining at work until late at night.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has denied suggestions he has booked extended leave from late next month, despite growing speculation the outgoing CEO will be gone from the job by the middle of the season.

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Danny Frawley fears impact of free agency

James Frawley handballs during a training session on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson James Frawley's famous uncle has admitted to some discomfort upon reading about the Melbourne defender's astronomical asking price.

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New proposal for AFL games in Ballarat

An artist's impression of the development of Ballarat's showgrounds.

Caroline Wilson A new multimillion-dollar proposal to redevelop North Ballarat's showgrounds precinct has rekindled the prospect of AFL games at Eureka Stadium.

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Malthouse can rebuild Carlton, says Stephen Kernahan

In happier times: Stephen Kernahan welcomes Mick Malthouse to the club back in September 2012.

Caroline Wilson Carlton president Stephen Kernahan has backed Mick Malthouse to rebuild the struggling Blues, conceding his club was ''a fair way off'' the top four.

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Giants still reeling at John Quinn's battle with encephalitis

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Caroline Wilson At a time when sports science had become a dirty word in the AFL, one of the industry's greatest defenders and pioneers in Australian rules began a private battle of his own.

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Mick Malthouse confronted umpire over contentious free kick

Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has played down a pre-game incident during round two in which Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

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Dustin Martin caught driving unregistered vehicle

Dustin Martin

Caroline Wilson Richmond was attempting to clarify whether or not Dustin Martin's driver's licence had been suspended.

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Time for Paul Roos to commit and start using the 'we' word at Melbourne

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Caroline Wilson Paul Roos needs to take more ownership of his struggling team of battlers.

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Neale Daniher's biggest battle

Neale Daniher's last game as Melbourne coach.

Caroline Wilson You may or may not locate Neale Daniher's familiar face at the MCG today in the West Coast coaches' box.

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell to mark 200th game

Nick Maxwell

Caroline Wilson Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013. It had not been the happiest of seasons, and the outgoing Collingwood captain believed he had had enough of football and that the feeling was mutual.

Last season was nearly Nick Maxwell's last

Caroline Wilson Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013.

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Senior Bombers tell James Hird to put aside anger

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's senior players have requested James Hird put aside his personal angst and allow the Bombers to focus on the 2014 season without provoking reminders of the events which led to Hird's and...

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Essendon chairman Paul Little gives James and Tania Hird final warning

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Caroline Wilson James Hird has survived as Essendon’s coach in exile having been delivered what appears to have been a final warning from the Bombers board.

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AFL chairman needs to show leadership

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Caroline Wilson That the AFL season's opening has been hijacked by the Hird family is beyond dispute.

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Tania Hird could be summoned by Essendon board

James and Tania Hird are in a public row with Essendon.

Caroline Wilson James Hird has attempted to distance himself from a series of scathing attacks on the AFL launched by his family in recent days as his coaching career hung in the balance.

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Bombers need to sever ties with James Hird

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Caroline Wilson Essendon Football Club can never truly put the past behind it until it severs its ties with James Hird.

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Nick Riewoldt and the AFL's lost boys

Caroline Wilson Players have struggled with life after football, says the Saints skipper

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Sydney's Dan Hannebery warned about off-field behaviour

Dan Hannebery

Caroline Wilson Sydney officials warned Dan Hannebery in December about his off-field behaviour after becoming concerned about repeated reports linked to the All-Australian midfielder.

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Patrick Dangerfield looking forward to surf and (home) turf

Patrick Dangerfield (right) with Matt Crouch (left) and James Podsiadly during an Adelaide training session at AAMI Stadium on Wednesday.

Caroline Wilson Patrick Dangerfield did not attempt to contain his excitement at the prospect of the immediate journey at hand.