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.


Heat may be easing on Bombers but message deserves flak

Caroline Wilson AFL boss Andrew Demetriou believes Dons in far better shape than Cronulla.

AFL confident crowds will return despite low figure for pre-season final

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik AFL refuses to link Friday night's dismal NAB Cup turn-out with negative publicity.

The stress test


Caroline Wilson All AFL coaches will deal with pressure their own way, or be dealt with.


Bombers failed to run rule over Dank

Steve Dank

Caroline Wilson Essendon employed Stephen Dank last season without reference-checking the discredited sport scientist with any of his past three football employers, including the Gold Coast Suns.


Dons did not check Dank

Stephen Dank

Caroline Wilson Essendon employed Stephen Dank last season without reference-checking the discredited sports scientist.


The agony before and after the ecstasy


Caroline Wilson Mitch Morton's football story, like most fairytales, has a deeper, darker side, one which he accepts will haunt him for the rest of his life.


Clubs get their wish: one of their own at the AFL

Caroline Wilson The truth is that Andrew Demetriou needed a good announcement and he got one.


Etihad grand final a costly move for AFL and Brisbane

Caroline Wilson AFL's decision to rob Brisbane of NAB Cup grand final a shocker on so many levels.

Cloke fine a space oddity

Travis Cloke and Gary Pert.

Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane Collingwood key forward used car park of chief executive Gary Pert once too often.

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Swan's song just a noise for Magpies


Caroline Wilson Anyone who doubted that Dane Swan was a law unto himself need only to witness the past 48 hours.

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Power of 'family' ties Boak to Port

Travis Boak with his mother Chicki.

Caroline Wilson Moving to Port Adelaide and deciding to stay there - it's all been part of an emotional football journey for Travis Boak. And also for his mother Chicki.


Swans chief now turns on Geelong

Back on the attack: Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless.

Caroline Wilson Feud between Sydney and Melbourne clubs shows no signs of abating.

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Clubs want footy voice on AFL board


Caroline Wilson Relocation of AFL commissioner Chris Lynch to London sparks push from clubs.

Sydney at war with the Blues

Greg Swann

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE The bad blood between Melbourne and Sydney has become toxic.

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AFL works on tanking in revamp

Chris Connolly

Caroline Wilson The AFL is working to outlaw the insidious practice commonly known as tanking in the recognition that it had no specific rule to cover its findings from the six-month Melbourne investigation.

AFL boss keen for a life out of the spotlight

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Having consistently refused to discuss the timing of his departure from the AFL, Andrew Demetriou has revealed his strategy for life after football.

A game of both shock and awe

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Off-field scandals and AFL pre-seasons have come together with toxic regularity since Andrew Demetriou joined the league at the beginning of the 21st century.

AFL players blow the whistle

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Two AFL players have stepped forward and 'blown the whistle', complaining to the AFL of irregular practices at their clubs.

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Whistleblowers begin to break code of silence


Caroline Wilson TWO AFL players have stepped forward and "blown the whistle", complaining to the AFL of irregular practices at their clubs.

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Thompson, Robson the likely fall guys


Caroline Wilson Evans is holding fast to one relationship he sees as crucial to the Don's future: James Hird.