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.

Visitors fail to breach the 'Portress'

Disappointed Tiger: Jack Riewoldt.

Caroline Wilson Exactly one year ago, just as Port Adelaide was winning its first final under Ken Hinkley, the Adelaide Oval too was looming as a promising piece of work but one still very much in progress.

Essendon's blame game over Paddy Ryder another sign of a club off the rails

Patrick Ryder

Caroline Wilson Having wasted yet another golden opportunity to put up its hand and take responsibility for the nightmare it has inflicted upon its footballers, Essendon instead chose the predictable path on...

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Brisbane Lions may offer second-round pick for Essendon's Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Essendon became aware it had a genuine problem with Paddy Ryder some weeks ago, but Ryder's problem with the club began, in truth, in the first half of last year.

Essendon's Paddy Ryder on verge of walkout

Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Essendon star Paddy Ryder could quit the club at the end of the season with his management looking at triggering a new breach-of-contract clause that would allow him to walk as a delisted free agent.

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Port Adelaide aiming to wear 'prison bar' guernsey against Richmond

Port Adelaide logo

Caroline Wilson Collingwood has cautiously supported an application from Port Adelaide to wear its heritage "prison bar" guernsey against Richmond in Sunday's elimination final as a radical compromise to the clash...

Saints in line to go marching back to Junction Oval after AFL brokers complex deal

Junction oval

Caroline Wilson The AFL has pledged $10 million to secure the return of St Kilda to its suburban heartland.

The comeback of Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey

Caroline Wilson To the uninitiated it would seem that Wayne Carey's so-called resurrection says as much about forgiveness being the second nature of football.

MCG to remove gambling advertising on scoreboard

Home clubs sponsored by betting agencies can still show their commercials in their allocated scoreboard time.

Caroline Wilson The MCG will remove gambling advertising from its scoreboard next season following the personal intervention of AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Bombers would have missed finals under ASADA deal

James Hird being shown the facilities by chief executive Xavier Campbell (left) and football manager Neil Craig when he returned to work at the club on Monday.

Caroline Wilson Essendon players facing anti-doping sanctions rejected a definitive six-month suspension tabled before them in June this year which would have seen them miss the last four games of the home-and-away...

Essendon, AFL consider voluntary suspensions for players

Paul Little:

Caroline Wilson AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan suggested the Essendon players facing show-cause notices from ASADA for their involvement in the 2012 supplements saga could seek voluntary suspensions.

Richmond president says team must be better

Eight wins in a row, but Richmond president Peggy O'Neal isn't counting any chickens.

Caroline Wilson Peggy O'Neal says winning run will not ‘blind’ club.

The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

Mark Thompson the only coach to hold on to $5000 development subsidy

Mark Thompson is resisting the AFLCA push.

Caroline Wilson The cash-strapped AFL Coaches' Association has convinced all but one of the 18 senior club coaches to each sacrifice a $5000 professional development subsidy in a bid to restore the organisation's...

Timing of priority pick request as ill-judged as the decision to seek one

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Caroline Wilson The political layers beneath Melbourne's poorly timed decision to apply for a 2014 priority pick appear as complex as the national draft that the AFL is working to simplify.

Cameron Ling puts full-time coaching aspirations on hold

Cameron Ling

Caroline Wilson Cameron Ling has shelved his full-time coaching aspirations – at least for the short term – and will remain at Channel Seven in a commentary role despite a number of senior assistant...

Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The MCG's move to host four of international soccer's most glamorous clubs in a three-game competition in the middle of a traditional AFL Melbourne winter comes one decade almost to the day that the...

Little all wrong to call for club's woes to 'go away'

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Caroline Wilson Making sense of Essendon's reasoning as it continues to fend off all comers in its fight to run its football club with players free of doping sanctions is difficult enough for students of the whole...

AFL's deal-maker Gillon McLachlan will be worth listening to

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan was the AFL's deal maker long before he became the competition's most powerful executive.

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Eighteen months and James Hird still doesn't get it

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Caroline Wilson It remains less and less likely that James Hird will get the chance to redeem himself.