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.

They are a happy team at Hawthorn

Caroline Wilson Football is no longer fun. That was the alarming conclusion placed on the table by the playing groups from all but one AFL club on the eve of the 2015 season.

The balm before the 'storm' in a record-breaking week for Mick Malthouse

The man: Mick Malthouse has the best credentials to rebuild Carlton.

Caroline Wilson In this record-breaking week, the healing has been as momentous as the feat.

Players' union probes possible link between tougher training and high injury toll

AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Caroline Wilson Fears that footballers are being pushed too hard at training have prompted the AFL players' union to examine the link between intensive preparation and the shocking run of injuries in the start to...

Why Richmond's Alex Rance may walk away

Alex Rance

Caroline Wilson Highly sensitive contract negotiations between Alex Rance and Richmond begin this week.

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St Kilda another step closer to Moorabbin with $5m council pledge

A move back to Moorabbin is getting closer for St Kilda

Caroline Wilson St Kilda's baffling decision to shun Moorabbin in favour of a new base in Seaford has almost turned full circle following Monday night's move by the City of Kingston to pledge $5 million for the...

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Richmond chief Brendon Gale won't talk about coach Damien Hardwick's contract

Damien Hardwick is coaching his sixth season at Richmond and appeared shattered during his frank assessment of the Friday night performance.

Caroline Wilson Richmond chief Brendon Gale has refused to elaborate on coach Damien Hardwick's contractual status after the club's dismal start to 2015 which sees the Tigers at break-even after the round four loss...


Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson admits error but should apologise for lashing out at Port Adelaide fan

Alastair Clarkson

Caroline Wilson The AFL's failure to yet take a position over Alastair Clarkson's physical altercation with a drunken lout over the weekend has compounded the strangely inappropriate response by the football...

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AFL grand final parade a political football

Caroline Wilson The Victorian government's decision to gazette a grand final eve public holiday no one had significantly lobbied for has created a massive series of extra costs and headaches for the AFL, which has...

Chris Yarran decision misses chance to set an example

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson It was strange to hear Chris Yarran lauded by some sections of the football community following his sincere apology on Tuesday night to Paul Chapman and to the Carlton supporters.

Craig Kelly says grand final eve public holiday is a 'dumb decision'

Craig Kelly.

Caroline Wilson Influential player manager and sports marketer Craig Kelly slams the introduction of the grand final eve public holiday.

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AFL may move grand final parade

A big crowd turns out in the centre of Melbourne for the 2014 AFL grand final parade.

Caroline Wilson The AFL is on the brink of moving the grand final parade away from the centre of Melbourne because of the new statewide public holiday.

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Gary Ablett signs new deal with Gold Coast Suns

Gary Ablett was widely expected to remain on the Gold Coast.

Caroline Wilson Gary Ablett has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Gold Coast Suns.

John Quinn one of football's greatest comeback stories

John Quinn has made a tremendous recovery from illness.

Caroline Wilson John Quinn wakes up most mornings these days to the mixed tunes of the lorikeets, galahs and cockatoos which live alongside his new St Ives home on the edge of Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Chase National...

Lion may still sue

Michael Close requires a full knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL on Sunday.

Caroline Wilson Brisbane Lion Michael Close could yet seek damages for the injury which has ended his season while the AFL and the players' association remain in dispute over the safety of the Etihad Stadium...

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

Michael Close requires a full knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL on Sunday.

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

Caroline Wilson

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...