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.

Indigenous coverage running out of money

Caroline Wilson Days after the game celebrated Adam Goodes' dance and a near-record Dreamtime attendance at the MCG, it has emerged that the jewel in the AFL's Indigenous broadcasting crown may fold due to lack of...

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says Adam Goodes' 'war cry' celebration not offensive

Backed by the AFL: Adam Goodes.

Matt Murnane, Caroline Wilson The AFL has belatedly weighed in on the debate sparked by Adam Goodes' "war cry" goal celebration, with the Swans star receiving support from league chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

AFL has seen the light on fan innovations

Travis Auld:

Caroline Wilson The AFL has conceded it antagonised a significant section of football fans early this season in its attempts to revamp home-and-away games at the MCG and Etithad Stadium.

Hawks missed a chance to stop Goodes boos

Dividing the crowd: Adam Goodes of the Swans.

Caroline Wilson A series of unscheduled but high level conversations behind the glass at the MCG last Saturday night underlined the complexities around the booing of dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes.

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice won't lose sleep over Malthouse

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice announcing Malthouse’s sacking.

Caroline Wilson Carlton president Mark LoGiudice said he would "not lose a minute's sleep" over the potential damage Mick Malthouse's next media interview could inflict upon the club but added he hoped both the...

Mick Malthouse risked losing his Blues payout

Michael Malthouse

Jake NIall, Caroline Wilson and Ronny Lerner Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has cited a loss of trust between his board and Mick Malthouse as the reason behind the veteran coach's sacking on Tuesday afternoon.

Mick Malthouse: the bitter end

Mick Malthouse: end of an era.

Caroline Wilson There was a disturbing hint of menace underneath the official Carlton media conference that announced the bitter end of Mick Malthouse's 30-year coaching career.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse expected to be sacked within hours

Mick Malthouse

Caroline Wilson, Claire Siracusa Mick Malthouse's sacking as coach of Carlton is expected within hours after a radio interview saw Carlton chiefs immediately call an unscheduled meeting of board members and chief executive Steven...

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All that can be saved now is Mick Malthouse's dignity

Defiant Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson For the second time in four years, Mick Malthouse and his broken heart have lurched onto a collision course with their football club.

Carlton to inform Mick Malthouse of coaching fate in a fortnight

Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's record-breaking coaching career is expected to end within a fortnight, with Carlton bringing forward its decision on the beleaguered senior coach.

GWS coach Leon Cameron leaps to defence of Gold Coast Suns

AFL Sherrin

Caroline Wilson Leon Cameron has defended the Giants' big brother club the Gold Coast Suns and their horrendous start to the 2015 season.

The emerging team behind Leon Cameron's emerging team

Caroline Wilson No one was more dismayed than Leon Cameron when, roughly this time last season, his fledgling team was on the wrong end of a series of thrashings and the spotlight shone not upon him or his players...

Ex-Pie labels son's draft case a disgrace

Former Magpie Craig Stewart said the manner in which the Magpies rejected his son James (centre) was a cautionary tale for the competition.

Caroline Wilson Former Magpie Craig Stewart has labelled Collingwood's handling of his son James 'a disgrace' and called for clubs to improve their duty of care towards potential father-son selections.

AFL ponders lowering father-son threshold

The move to further toughen the father-son bidding gained momentum after Essendon drafted Joe Daniher in the 2012 draft with pick No.10.

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson The AFL is considering softening the rules surrounding father-son picks.

West Coast boss warns against tougher stance on drugs

Trevor Nisbett says the game runs the risk of seeing the players abandoning the voluntary illicit drugs policy.

Caroline Wilson West Coast boss Trevor Nisbett has urged the AFL clubs to show caution in their determination to push for a tougher stance on illicit drugs.

Drug test plan for pre-draft teenagers

AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans

Caroline Wilson A radical proposal to drug test teenaged footballers before they enter the AFL draft has been placed on the game's review agenda by league football boss Mark Evans.

Crow’s comments sour a perfect finish for Cornes

Kane Cornes had begun to have some doubts about his form and was becoming concerned that by September he might not be in the club's best 22.

Caroline Wilson The near-perfect retirement of Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes could all have been so different had the end come, as it seemed to be unfolding, two or three years ago.

Draw fix may be chief's legacy

Fair play: At any rate a more equal competition, which is a top-order priority for McLachlan, should level the playing field.

Caroline Wilson The near-unanimous thumbs-down to the AFL's latest attempt to jazz up the last month of the season should not defeat Gillon McLachlan and his team as they work towards a fairer fixture.

AFL plans US-style draft days

Last year, Melbourne bid for Swans Academy player Isaac Heeney using pick two, which under the proposed new system will be worth 2,517 points.

Caroline Wilson, Emma Quayle An American-style interactive national draft extravaganza is being shaped by the AFL with the first stages to be unveiled to the 18 club chiefs on Thursday.

Richmond fined $5000 for failing to provide updated information to ASADA

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Caroline Wilson Richmond has been fined $5000 for failing to provide up-to-date player address information to ASADA, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.