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.

West Coast boss warns against tougher stance on drugs

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.

James Hird's distorted thinking evident once again as WADA appeals Essendon decision

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Caroline Wilson The same distorted thought process that saw James Hird fail to accept responsibility for the risky and experimental drugs program inflicted upon his players has continued to meander down its...

Draft sets up teens to fail, says Melbourne coach Paul Roos

Paul Roos says the memory of Jack Watts' ill-fated Queen's Birthday teenaged debut still makes him angry.

Caroline Wilson Melbourne coach Paul Roos has launched a scathing attack on the AFL draft system, saying the game is setting up teenagers for failure.

League must lift its game in Tasmania

Caroline Wilson The AFL's failure to develop a long-term policy for the game in Tasmania continues to cast a cloud over the foundation state's 150th birthday festivities and the certainty of a record attendance at...

Splits emerge as more Gold Coast Suns players caught up in alcohol row

Rodney Eade had plenty to ponder on Saturday night.

Caroline Wilson Further playing divisions have emerged at the Gold Coast Suns, with the revelation that Harley Bennell, Brandon Matera and Trent McKenzie were not the only players drinking alcohol last weekend, yet...

Dark days for Rodney Eade's Suns

Worries: Suns coach Rodney Eade.

Caroline Wilson It just keeps getting worse for Rodney Eade, the AFL veteran who chose the Gold Coast Suns as his coaching swansong in the belief that the club's biggest drawbacks were its tin-shed training...

Western Bulldogs refuse to shift home game to Fremantle

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Caroline Wilson Western Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon rejected a financial windfall of $750,000 to switch his team's round-seven clash with ladder leader Fremantle to Perth's Domain Stadium.

They are a happy team at Hawthorn

A happy bunch: Hawthorn players pose for a photo with a young fan at Waverley Park on Friday.

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.

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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

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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...

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

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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...