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 grand final parade a political football

Caroline Wilson The Victorian government's decision to gazette a grand final eve public holiday no one had significantly lobbied for has created a massive series of extra costs and headaches for the AFL, which has...

Chris Yarran decision misses chance to set an example

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson It was strange to hear Chris Yarran lauded by some sections of the football community following his sincere apology on Tuesday night to Paul Chapman and to the Carlton supporters.

Craig Kelly says grand final eve public holiday is a 'dumb decision'

Craig Kelly.

Caroline Wilson Influential player manager and sports marketer Craig Kelly slams the introduction of the grand final eve public holiday.

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AFL may move grand final parade

A big crowd turns out in the centre of Melbourne for the 2014 AFL grand final parade.

Caroline Wilson The AFL is on the brink of moving the grand final parade away from the centre of Melbourne because of the new statewide public holiday.

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Gary Ablett signs new deal with Gold Coast Suns

Gary Ablett was widely expected to remain on the Gold Coast.

Caroline Wilson Gary Ablett has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Gold Coast Suns.

John Quinn one of football's greatest comeback stories

John Quinn has made a tremendous recovery from illness.

Caroline Wilson John Quinn wakes up most mornings these days to the mixed tunes of the lorikeets, galahs and cockatoos which live alongside his new St Ives home on the edge of Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Chase National...

Lion may still sue

Michael Close requires a full knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL on Sunday.

Caroline Wilson Brisbane Lion Michael Close could yet seek damages for the injury which has ended his season while the AFL and the players' association remain in dispute over the safety of the Etihad Stadium...

AFL, players' union at odds over cause of Michael Close's knee injury

Michael Close requires a full knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL on Sunday.

Caroline Wilson The AFL and the players union remain at odds over the cause of the season-ending knee injury sustained by Michael Close after an expert found that "a shallow ditch" by the...

Etihad Stadium, AFL face compensation claims over artificial turf

Michael Close requires a full knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL on Sunday.

Caroline Wilson Etihad Stadium boss Paul Sergeant has conceded he would "have no option" but to remove recently laid artificial turf if it was found to have contributed to the season-ending injury sustained by...

Gold Coast chairman stands by predictions

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff:

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff has no regrets about making bold predictions regarding the fortunes of his now-struggling football team.

With Gary Ablett struggling, Rodney Eade may have to reinvent Suns


Caroline Wilson That Gary Ablett has carried the Gold Coast Suns for four years is beyond doubt.

The AFL is back in town in Canberra, says GWS director

Greater Western Sydney made a winning start to the 2015 season with a nine-point victory over St Kilda.

Caroline Wilson The Greater Western Sydney director who drove the club’s push into the Australian Capital Territory believes the AFL’s youngest club could sustain four home games a season in Canberra.

Sledging accusations leave Mitch Clark embarrassed

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Mitch Clark has told friends he was severely "embarrassed" by reports he was verbally sledged about his depression during the Easter Monday Geelong-Hawthorn clash, describing the incident as "water...

AFL players push for hair tests in tougher approach to drugs

Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell has backed mandatory hair testing four times a year.

Caroline Wilson Hawthorn premiership captain Sam Mitchell has proposed mandatory hair testing four times a year for all senior players.

Gary Ablett stalls on signing new deal with Gold Coast

Heads bowed, Gary Ablett (left) and his Suns teammates leave the field after losing to Melbourne on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson The attention to detail that has helped make Gary Ablett a champion currently sits as a major source of frustration to his football club as the Gold Coast captain continues to stall the...

Good Friday AFL games a step closer

Old Collegians play Merrivale in an amateur league match on Good Friday in 2014. Next year, the professional senior league may also play on the day.

Caroline Wilson It is increasingly likely that AFL matches will be played on Good Friday from 2016.

AFL losing immunity to international gambling corruption, says senior policeman

Graham Ashton has urged the 18 clubs to strengthen their integrity resources against the growing threat of overseas match-fixing syndicates.

Caroline Wilson One of Australia's most senior policemen has warned the AFL that it has lost its immunity to international gambling corruption and that the one-time low-profile domestic game has become an increasing...

Architects of AFL drugs policy call for reform amid addiction worries

The policy review has gained momentum since Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas tested positive to a performance-enhancing steroid.

Caroline Wilson The AFL will push to rewrite its illicit drugs policy as early as this season and could also abandon its practice of releasing footballers' drug-taking statistics as part of negotiating a new drug...

Manager still holds fears for health of Dons players

Craig Kelly still holds fears for the health of players involved in the Essendon supplements scandal.

Caroline Wilson Leading player manager Craig Kelly says he could not rule out the 34 Essendon footballers injected by the club in 2012 taking further legal action to discover what they were given.

Heat is on Hardwick to deliver

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Caroline Wilson That the stakes are just that little bit higher when Carlton and Richmond lift the curtain on a new AFL season seems to have become an annual reality disproportionate to the four points on offer.