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.

Suns warming to serious Eade bid

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast Suns likely to make a bold play for Rodney Eade, in a bid for an experienced coach to replace Guy McKenna.

AFL plans a fan-friendly 2015 fixture

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Caroline Wilson The AFL's pledge to deliver football back to its heartland supporters will see Saturday night games brought forward to an earlier start next season after fans told the AFL that those showcase matches...

Pelchen resigns at St Kilda after football department review

Chris Pelchen.

Caroline Wilson St Kilda’s revamp of its football department has continued with the resignation of Chris Pelchen.

Lawyers to meet players over ASADA show-cause notices

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The AFL players' union will summon as many as possible of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices to a meeting within days.

GWS recruiting boss Stephen Silvagni set to quit club

GWS logo.

Caroline Wilson The man who put together the playing list of the AFL's youngest team is set to quit the club after the 2014 national draft.

Bombers players tipped to accelerate doping cases against them

The expected decision from the majority or all of the players not to respond to the show-causes would fast-track their collective fates.

Caroline Wilson The 34 past and present Essendon players who were swamped on Friday with hundreds of pages of evidence from Australia's anti-doping body look likely to accelerate the cases against them and front an...

AFL players had compelling reasons to leave, says Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan says  the AFL has no issue with players pushing to leave clubs for personal reasons should satisfactory agreements be reached in fairness to both sides.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief says rash of high-profile broken contracts over trade period a direct result of footballers taking a stand about work environments.

Mark Thompson may not coach after all

Mark Thompson

Caroline Wilson There remains a clear possibility Thompson will not be involved in the AFL next year.

Rodney Eade not interested in Gold Coast Suns job

Rodney Eade says he has assured his family several times in recent years they would not be relocating interstate.

Caroline Wilson Rodney Eade has ruled himself out of the senior Gold Coast job saying he had become virtually reconciled to the fact that his coaching days were over.

Michael Voss quits media to take up coaching role at Port Adelaide

Former Brisbane champion and coach Michael Voss.

Caroline Wilson Michael Voss’ decision to quit his various media roles and join Port Adelaide has signalled the triple premiership captain’s desire to return to senior coaching in future.

Sydney coach John Longmire questions AFL's decision to ban club from trading in players

Swans coach John Longmire:

Caroline Wilson Sydney coach John Longmire has accused the AFL of denying the Swans and their players one of the "fundamental planks" underpinning both the rights of footballers and effective club list management.

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Coaches exit as player power rises in the AFL

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Caroline Wilson Peter Gordon's extraordinarily upbeat version of just how the financially struggling Western Bulldogs had terminated a senior coach's position with two years remaining on his contract demonstrated...

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Angus Monfries urged to split from Essendon-funded legal defence

Former Bomber Angus Monfries.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide has urged Angus Monfries to break away from the Essendon-funded legal defence as ASADA moves towards reissuing show-cause notices to the 34 players facing bans as a result of the...

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Phillip Walsh a front-runner for Adelaide coaching job

Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has been sacked.

Caroline Wilson An announcement on Brenton Sanderson’s replacement expected early next week.

Essendon still pointing fingers

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Caroline Wilson Paul Little predicted the exiled James Hird would return to the AFL a better person and that Hird would have to let go of his anger. How futile Little’s hopes seem now.

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James Hird will be removed as Essendon coach in coming days

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson James Hird’s official removal as coach of Essendon is expected to take place in the coming days after a series of crisis talks on Thursday in which he requested more time to consider his...

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Skipper, star Magpies quick to fly to Buckley's defence

Behind Buckley: Scott Pendlebury.

Caroline Wilson The notion that Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has 'lost the players' is a fabrication, according to his captain Scott Pendlebury.

James Hird facing the axe at Thursday board meeting

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson James Hird’s decision to defy his club and potentially prolong his players’ anti-doping battle in appealing last month’s Federal Court decision looks to have ended his coaching...

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Adelaide to meet Hawthorn assistant Brendon Bolton

Brendon Bolton

Caroline Wilson Adelaide has moved on Hawthorn's Brendon Bolton with the Hawks' assistant coach understood to have travelled from Melbourne today to present to Mark Ricciuto and the Crows' coaching panel.

Hawthorn demolishes soft Swans in AFL grand final

The moment of triumph: Hawthorn players raise their arms in jubilation as the final siren sounds on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson There was a telling moment late in the third quarter of Hawthorn's 63-point erasure of the Sydney Swans at the MCG that spoke to the build-up, the soap opera and the climax of the quest for...