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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Travis Auld to join McLachlan's executive

Caroline Wilson The AFL has poached Travis Auld - the man it placed in charge of its 17th team the Gold Coast Suns - to take centre stage in the new Gillon McLachlan administration.

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Full-time CEO, skills boost in coaching changes

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and Richmond coach Damien Hardwick arrive.

Caroline Wilson Premiership coaches Alastair Clarkson and John Longmire along with Fremantle's Ross Lyon have stepped onto the coaches' board.

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Eddie McGuire's passion can be a pitfall

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Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire's voice is so loud it cannot help prove a distraction to his staff.

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Danny Frawley to reveal health issues after returning to work on Wednesday

Danny Frawley.

Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will this week end his self-imposed sabbatical from the media, in a return to work which will see him reveal details of the health issues that followed his departure from the top job at...

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan opts for low-key approach ahead of testing times

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Caroline Wilson Little more than a month since assuming the so-called most powerful job in Australian sport, Gillon McLachlan looks headed for the shortest honeymoon period since Ross Oakley took over the then VFL...

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AFL charter inoffensive, generic and mildly disappointing

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Caroline Wilson The AFL's much-vaunted charter was a worthy exercise ultimately watered-down to appease football's extensive multi-layered competitions, the purists and the evolutionists – not to mention...

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Ian Collins predicted Port Adelaide would go broke in three years under Adelaide Oval deal

Both the Crows and the Power were alarmed at the high costs and low match returns from early season games.

Caroline Wilson Former Etihad Stadium boss Ian Collins advised Port Adelaide against signing the contentious Adelaide Oval agreement, warning chairman David Koch that the club would be broke within three seasons...

Fan initiatives could have fresh face in Travis Auld

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Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chief executive Travis Auld is looming as one fresh face in Gillon McLachlan's new look executive team as the new AFL boss sets in place a long-term plan to bring more fans to the football.

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League, union back medical director Peter Harcourt

AFL medical director Peter Harcourt is expected to receive the backing of chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has thrown its unequivocal support behind its medical director Peter Harcourt, despite being unaware he had been filmed as the keynote speaker at a Zurich conference on drugs in sport last...

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Essendon continues to duck for cover

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Caroline Wilson The latest and potentially most laughable attempt by Essendon to make the AFL accountable for its own dangerous and potentially illegal drugs program has struck a chord as the club continues to point...

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History of the AFL could be turned on its head

Old dark Blues: The Carlton team in 1868.

Caroline Wilson The history of Australian Rules football will soon be turned on its head if a series of recommendations to the AFL commission is accepted - recommendations which will rewrite the official birth date...

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Carlton voices concerns over Essendon saga

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Caroline Wilson Carlton joins growing chorus of disenchanted clubs concerned at the detrimental effect Essendon's drug saga is having on the competition.

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No apologies from incoming Carlton president Mark LoGiudice

New man: Mark LoGiudice is determined to restore Carlton's fortunes.

Caroline Wilson Carlton's new president Mark LoGiudice has refused to apologise for his bold multimillion-dollar attempt to poach Hawthorn recruiting chief Graham Wright, conceding the Blues had fallen behind in...

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ASADA revelations do not dilute Essendon's culpability

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Caroline Wilson The revelation that the AFL feared it could no longer rely upon a deal it believed it had struck with ASADA over the Essendon players will not prove the 'gotcha' moment of this extraordinary saga but...

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Geelong accuses AFL of caving in to Magpie-led campaign on equalisation

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Caroline Wilson Geelong president Colin Carter has accused the AFL of caving in to a Collingwood-led campaign in its failure to adequately address the growing divide between the rich and poor clubs.

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Port's fitness boss Darren Burgess becomes highest paid in AFL

Darren Burgess (right) with Soceroo Dario Vidosic during 2010.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide's Darren Burgess has become the highest-paid high performance manager in the AFL after committing to the game's top-of-the-ladder club until the end of 2018.

Victoria Police investigate Stephen Dank over possible Medicare fraud

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Sports Scientist Stephen Dank reacts while answering questions related to the Essendon Football Club doping scandal during the Riddell Football Netball Club Sportman's Lunch at Crown Casino on March 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Caroline Wilson Federal and state investigators have gathered evidence implicating Stephen Dank in wide-scale Medicare fraud and forgery, a development that could see the former Essendon and Cronulla sports...

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Club presidents unite against Essendon's response to show-cause notices

Lacking support: Essendon chariman Paul Little.

Caroline Wilson AFL club presidents have expressed serious disenchantment with Essendon and its chairman Paul Little

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Time to put players, club and the game ahead of lengthy legal stoush

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Caroline Wilson Ben McDevitt broke his silence on Friday and pointedly stated that the eyes of the World Anti-Doping Authority were on Australia and just how seriously it regarded its responsibility towards the...

Risky business on the side fails club and test of plausibility

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Caroline Wilson Dane Swan's mixed messages once his brazen lack of judgment was exposed on Wednesday delivered the clearest response possible that he had made a grave error in openly doing business in the company of...