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.

Don and dusted: Mark Thompson and Essendon to part ways

Caroline Wilson Essendon has confirmed that Mark Thompson has finished up at the club after a tense meeting with club officials on Wednesday.

Longest-serving Bombers' director announces resignation

Essendon logo.

Caroline Wilson Essendon’s longest-serving director will depart as the Bombers embark on an intriguing board election that has seen nine candidates challenge for two positions at the troubled club.

Kick-to-kick back in favour at MCG


Caroline Wilson The after-match kick-to-kick on the MCG, once a regular fixture of winter Melbourne weekends, will return in 2015.

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Former Bombers board member Beverly Knight urges Paul Little to embrace change

Challenging: Ron Gauci.

Caroline Wilson Former Essendon director Beverly Knight has urged Bombers chairman Paul Little not to resist the push for board regeneration.

Riewoldt pays price for show of support for Milne

St.Kilda's Nick Riewoldt with Stephen Milne in 2012.

Caroline Wilson The decision by Nick Riewoldt to publicly support his former teammate Stephen Milne in court on Thursday has come at a heavy cost for the St Kilda captain.

Ron Gauci officially pushes for Essendon board spot after meeting Paul Little

Essendon players take to the field this year.

Caroline Wilson Former Melbourne Storm chief Ron Gauci’s official push for a place on the Essendon board came 24 hours after a robust and occasionally uncomfortable meeting with Bombers chairman Paul Little.

Blues plan to ditch gate-sharing deal

Melbourne's MCG at night

Caroline Wilson Carlton is planning to abandon its gate-sharing deal with traditional rival Richmond when the two teams open the AFL's 2015 home-and-away season.

Thompson fine farce ramps up

Mark Thompson.

Caroline Wilson Mark Thompson’s football future looks certain to be placed next month in the hands of the AFL Commission when it faces the conundrum of the dual premiership coach’s refusal to accept his...

AFL to change media strategy after departure of James Tonkin

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Caroline Wilson AFL media unit set for a facelift with the impending departure of the league’s most senior communications adviser, James Tonkin.

Auld brokers a win for common sense in Suns-Pies stoush

Gillon McLachlan's newest executive Travis Auld helped to sort out the issues between Gold Coast and Collingwood.

Caroline Wilson Travis Auld appears to have done his bit for AFL relationships.

Tigers get their wish, but can they step up?

Brett Deledio celebrates with fans after the Tigers beat the Sydney Swans in 2014.

Caroline Wilson Rarely have the fortunes of the AFL ridden so hard on the back of one team as they will next season on the once mighty Richmond Football Club.

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Happy 50th Ed, now let it go

Eddie McGuire.

Caroline Wilson Even in the context of the dramatic twists and turns of this contractually bereft off-season, Eddie McGuire's refusal to release Rodney Eade from his contract was bizarre.

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AFL takes new approach to Mothers' Day fixture

Hawthorn's Will Langford tackles Port's Brad Ebert during the second preliminary final in September. The teams will meet on Anzac Day in season 2015.

Caroline Wilson The AFL seems certain to adopt a new strategy in its traditional struggle with the Mothers' Day football fixture, looking to unveil a six-game "Super Saturday" in round six next season and scheduling...

Eddie McGuire pushes for compensation as Rodney Eade heads to Suns

Eddie McGuire

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has demanded financial compensation for the loss of its contracted football boss Rodney Eade, who on Tuesday accepted a three-year deal to coach the Gold Coast.

Rodney Eade likely to be the new Gold Coast coach

Rodney Eade

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast has offered Rodney Eade the senior coaching job with the 56-year-old almost certain to be the man to take the club into the finals.

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Coates not surprised at time needed for ASADA investigation

John Coates:

Caroline Wilson Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates has expressed some sympathy for ASADA as the anti-doping body comes under fire from the AFL players for its laborious investigation into the 2012...

Essendon supplements saga: Players' lawyer hits back at ASADA boss

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson Players lawyer Tony Hargreaves has accused ASADA boss Ben McDevitt of being "disingenuous" and slammed the ongoing delays in the case of the 34 past and present Essendon players as "inexcusable".

Richmond to play 14 home and away games at MCG in 2015

Richmond supporters.

Caroline Wilson Richmond will be a major beneficiary of the AFL's guaranteed supporter-friendly fixture with 14 games at the MCG next season and up to six home Saturday afternoons at its preferred home ground in a...

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Suns warming to serious Eade bid

Collingwood are reluctant to let him go, but Rodney Eade is in demand.

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.

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AFL plans a fan-friendly 2015 fixture

A Sherrin

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...