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.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

Essendon players ready to listen to ASADA deal offers

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson The 34 past and present Essendon players facing anti-doping bans will distance themselves from any further legal manoeuvring by the Bombers, with some now contemplating a deal with ASADA in a bid to...

Bombers face crippling legal bill after court orders club to pay costs

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Caroline Wilson Essendon faces a massive legal bill after losing its Federal Court challenge against the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Essendon pays for misguided approach

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Caroline Wilson The bad advice that has punctuated Essendon’s handling of its drug scandal since David Evans departed almost 14 months ago has been exposed in an emphatic, costly way in the Federal Court.

Adelaide, now a not so great club

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Caroline Wilson Clumsy handling of Brenton Sanderson's departure went from bad to worse as the Crows' moved to minimise the damage when it became clear they had sacked their coach but had no ready replacement as...

Brenton Sanderson failed to win Mark Ricciuto's heart

Adelaide football director Mark Ricciuto.

Caroline Wilson Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson was sacked after he failed to win the faith of the club’s influential football director Mark Ricciuto.

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Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Caroline Wilson Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another...

Western Bulldogs transform Whitten Oval into new home for women's football

Looking forward: Western Bulldogs Womenâ??s team and the Footscray Bulldogs VFL team members (left to right)  Lauren Arnell, Lin Jong, Aasta Oâ??Connor and Jason Tutt welcome the boost to Whitten Oval.

Caroline Wilson A $1.5 million upgrade of the Whitten Oval will transform the ground into the Victorian showcase for women's football, the fastest growing Australian Rules competition in the country.

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When James Hird caught up with a few of his fellow senior coaches

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Caroline Wilson James Hird's breakthrough first meeting with a somewhat threadbare group of senior AFL coaches underlined again the exiled Bomber's deep personal dislike of Andrew Demetriou and a threatening regime...

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Brisbane keen to add roar appeal with lion at games

Lion

Caroline Wilson The Brisbane Lions have taken a determined lead from the AFL’s push to dress up its home games and are looking to secure a live lion to parade on the Gabba arena before each local fixture.

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Craig Kelly blasts AFL's 'public service-style bureaucracy'

The Brownlow Medal ceremony at Crown Casino in 2013. Craig Kelly wants it to be held at the end of the first week of a two-week grand final process.

Caroline Wilson Influential sports agent Craig Kelly has called for an audit of the expanding AFL industry.

Port’s colosseum home ground the envy of the rest

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Caroline Wilson Port and its new home ground reinvented the presentation of a final.

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

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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

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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.