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.

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Richmond a team in turmoil

Caroline Wilson Jack Riewoldt's decision to break ranks on Wednesday has angered his club and placed even more pressure on his beleaguered coach Damian Hardwick.

Swans' cost-of-living allowance on way out, but rent subsidy on way in

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Caroline Wilson Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance will be removed by the start of the 2017 season but the AFL will compensate the Swans with a new rent subsidy allowance which the league will pay...

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Tiger tales: the powers behind the glories of Tom Hafey's years at Richmond

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Caroline Wilson One of Tom Hafey’s premiership players pointed out on Friday that in the week of Hafey’s death the Richmond coaching legend has never seemed more alive.

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Giants have no choice but to stomp on Greene and send clear message

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Caroline Wilson Toby Greene and his battered reputation flew back to Sydney on Wednesday to prepare for a confrontation with his coach and senior teammates who will determine the length of his suspension on Thursday.

AFL and ASADA no longer bedfellows

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Caroline Wilson The joint venture between the AFL and ASADA that angered the NRL and raised eyebrows among the Australian Olympic movement appears to have irrevocably split.

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One Giant nightmare: Toby Greene arrested on assault charges

Toby Greene faces almost certain suspension before facing court in September.

Caroline Wilson Greater Western Sydney’s Toby Greene was charged with a series of drunken assault offences on Monday night, just days after a senior Blacktown policeman lectured the young Giants on the pitfalls of...

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Essendon desperate for clarity as burden of supplements inquiry becomes close to intolerable

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Caroline Wilson Several hours before the ball was bounced to start the Collingwood-Essendon Anzac Day clash, Bombers captain Jobe Watson spoke to his chairman Paul Little and implored him to seek an end game to what...

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Gillon McLachlan starts AFL reshuffle

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Caroline Wilson The first significant reshuffle of the Gillon McLachlan regime is set to take place within days, with AFL Victoria chief Grant Williams to move into a newly created senior role overseeing the state...

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Demons want Pink Lady night to become a women's blockbuster

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne boss Peter Jackson said his club would work to transform last Saturday night's 'Pink Lady' game into the first women's blockbuster on the AFL calendar and has the support of new league boss...

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Koch launches bid for non-Victorian clubs to work together

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Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has called on the non-Victorian clubs to unite in a bid to convince the competition that the future of the expanded competition lies outside Victoria.

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AFL's Dorothy Hisgrove to unveil new gender vision

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Caroline Wilson The AFL’s lone woman executive has vowed to reshape the culture at head office by installing a ‘‘transparent recruitment process’’ which would place more women in positions of influence.

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Brian Cook's philosophy for a better AFL

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Caroline Wilson Geelong chief executive Brian Cook turns 60 at then end of this year and by any definition must be regarded the most successful club boss in the competition.

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How Gillon McLachlan got to be the AFL's No. 1

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan's journey to the AFL's top job can be charted back to the day some 18 months ago that he sat opposite his old boss Andrew Demetriou with his head in his hands unable to speak.

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Gillon McLachlan gets nod as AFL chief

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan will be announced as the AFL's new CEO this morning, with a press conference on the matter expected at 11am.

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Gillon McLachlan may get AFL role within week

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan’s widely anticipated appointment to the AFL’s top job is expected to come within a week.

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Is Eddie McGuire the most powerful man in football?

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Caroline Wilson The leadership void at the helm of Australian football appears to be nearing an end, which is fortunate because it was in danger of having been filled by stealth.

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Blues crying out for off-field leadership

Caroline Wilson Two significant board meetings scheduled for Monday will go some way to shaping football's future and that of one of the sport's most famous clubs.

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Anzac eve game wouldn't detract from Pies-Bombers clash, says Peter Jackson

An Anzac Day eve game to precede the annual match between Essendon and Collingwood is

Caroline Wilson and Daniel Cherny Melbourne boss Peter Jackson said on Friday it was ridiculous to suggest an Anzac eve clash between the Demons and Richmond would detract from Collingwood and Essendon's two-decade hold on Anzac Day...

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Buddy lucky that no one was hurt in latest driving mishap

Franklin has had a troubled start to his AFL stint with the Swans.

Caroline Wilson It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.

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AFL needs firm hand on tiller - now

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's departure from the AFL's top job has moved significantly closer as the interview process has begun to unearth his replacement.