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

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

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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.

Relief for players, but Essendon shouldn't forget its sins

Caroline Wilson The heavily anticipated ''not guilty'' verdict handed down to 34 past and present Essendon footballers was not only a brilliant result for those players but also the integrity of the 2015 AFL...

Low-profile staffers the real Essendon victims: lawyer

Essendon coach James Hird last October.

Caroline Wilson Now that the 34 players, 17 of those remaining at Essendon, have been cleared of doping charges, the lawyer who represented 24 assistant coaches, trainers and staffers has described his clients as...

Essendon drug scandal: Port Adelaide to ask for compensation if players are suspended

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas:

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide will push for compensation should they lose two of their key players to anti-doping suspensions as a result of the Essendon drugs program of 2012.

Clean slate dream for Magpies left in ruins

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Caroline Wilson It only takes a few good men or – in Collingwood’s case – ‘‘two of the highest-quality young men’’ to derail the commitment of a football club to rebuild its...

Collingwood footballers Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas face positive drug test


Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Two Collingwood footballers are understood to have tested positive to a performance enhancing drug.

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Difficult times for Greater Western Sydney

The Giants have lost their famous ambassador Kevin Sheedy.

Caroline Wilson The inescapable conclusion that Greater Western Sydney are a club under significant pressure to improve their on-field operation was further underlined with the departure this week of their corporate...

Giants fined for listing wrong player addresses

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Caroline Wilson An administrative error at Greater Western Sydney has led to the club being fined $10,000 for listing the wrong addresses of four of its players to the Australian Anti-Doping Agency.