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.

Improve players' lifestyles, urges Parkin

Caroline Wilson Four-time premiership coach describes current generation of AFL players as 'the most unbalanced people in Australian society'.

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Call for Bombers guarantee

Craig Kelly.

Caroline Wilson Influential player manager Craig Kelly has placed Essendon on notice, seeking assurances from the club that none of his contracted clients will be liable for any financial penalties as a result of...

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Hawks back Demons aid

Andrew Newbold

Caroline Wilson Hawthorn will push for hapless Melbourne to receive an enlarged salary cap next season after witnessing the Demons' despair first-hand.

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The $600,000 man

Under the pump: Mark Neeld drives away from the MCG.

Caroline Wilson Peter Jackson steps in to give Demons coach Mark Neeld temporary reprieve.

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Blood brothers

Adam Goodes and Swans coach John Longmire share a moment during training this week.

Caroline Wilson The Swans, from coach John Longmire to the president and players, are united as one behind a shattered Adam Goodes.

McGuire needed to shut up

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Caroline Wilson If the AFL or his radio bosses couldn't silence him, Eddie McGuire should have taken himself off air - at least until next week.

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Goodes, the bad and the ugly: a week of heartache

Goodes

Caroline Wilson ANYONE doubting the influence Adam Goodes holds over the Sydney Swans and the reverence they hold for him only had to be at the club on Wednesday in the hours that followed Eddie McGuire's racial...

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Face it, Eddie is one of the AFL's untouchables

Eddie McGuire

Caroline Wilson If Eddie McGuire's mindless and zoned-out media moment taught us anything then surely the obvious lesson is that some individuals in this great game remain greater than the game itself.

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Final, inexplicable insult rubs salt into Swan's raw wounds

Goodes

Caroline Wilson If Swans veteran Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had ever seen him.

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Slip or a slur, McGuire enrages Swans

Eddie McGuire on radio.

Caroline Wilson If Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had seen him.

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Swans unite behind gutted victim Goodes

Swans coach John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson and Jesse Hogan After a week in which Adam Goodes has twice found himself at the centre of a racial vilification controversy, Sydney Swans coach John Longmire said the Brownlow medallist would need some support to...

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Swans 'bewildered' by McGuire's gaffe

Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson Adam Goodes has eventually accepted an apology from Eddie McGuire after lengthy conversations between Goodes, Sydney chiefs and McGuire himself over radio host's inappropriate reference about using...

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Parting company: a matter of time

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld

Caroline Wilson Monday's Melbourne Demons board meeting may mark the end of Mark Neeld's coaching stint.

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Stars in anti-abuse push

The Adam Goodes incident has put the issue of abuse during AFL matches in the limelight.

Caroline Wilson AFL fast-tracks scoreboard campaign in which star footballers will appeal to fans to stop abusing players.

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It's more than a theme

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Caroline Wilson The AFL's indigenous round is a unique event that breaks down the barriers and promotes understanding.

If at first you don't succeed

Keen to coach: Port Adelaide’s Ken Hinkley.

Caroline Wilson Ken Hinkley, the power behind Port Adelaide, is the epitome of resilience and a never-say-die approach to life.

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Bombers chief out, but will any others follow suit?

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Ian Robson was gracious and sporting when he fell on his sword during another sad Windy Hill chapter in the disappointing recent off-field story of the Essendon Football Club.

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Robson gone, but where to for fan favourite Hird?

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Caroline Wilson Ian Robson was gracious and sporting when he fell on his sword during yet another sad chapter in the recent disappointing off-field story of the Essendon Football Club.

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AFL aims for indigenous all-stars trip to Ireland

Steven Verrier of the Tigers is tackled during the exhibition match between the Richmond Tigers and the Indigenous All-Stars at Traeger Park in Alice Springs earlier this year. The game was not televised.

Caroline Wilson Cautious support from clubs, cream of indigenous talent pledges to take part.

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Players face squeeze on treatments

Generic drugs in sport

Caroline Wilson AFL looking at imposing tough new anti-doping and exotic treatment regulations.