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.

Gillon McLachlan intervenes over plans for joint press conferences

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan has intervened in the proposed $500,000 agreement between the AFL coaches and Fox Footy to stage joint post-game press conferences after every exclusive pay-TV game during the 2015...

Rocket deal was jeopardised by Hunt drug controversy

Caroline Wilson Rodney Eade’s Gold Coast sponsorship was threatened when reports persisted that the Karmichael Hunt cocaine controversy would involve other Suns players.

Comeback coach Rodney Eade has to be coaxed into delivering tougher love

‘‘I know I’ll see our players push through their boundaries’’: Rodney Eade is helping Suns players aim high.

Caroline Wilson It was in one of his early conversations with Gary Ablett that Rodney Eade decided to run past his captain an observation involving his father, the enigmatic Gary senior.

Pay TV negotiating deal with AFL coaches

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, under pressure from his own club to improve his media performances in the final year of his current contract, has not yet agreed to take part.

Caroline Wilson The AFL coaches are negotiating an annual $500,000 deal with Fox Footy that which will see opposing coaches hold joint post-game press conferences.

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Andrew Catterall and the AFL boys' club

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Caroline Wilson The strange decision by Andrew Demetriou last month to publicly and glowingly endorse his former executive Andrew Catterall has cast a shadow over AFL headquarters, leaving past and present staff...

Essendon rejoices as Kevin Sheedy is set to return home

Kevin Sheedy waves his jacket after his last game.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's desperate but determined campaign to lure Kevin Sheedy back to the Bombers has been successful.

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Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley hands reins to Matthew Nicks for pre-season games

Caroline Wilson In what has emerged as the most surprising coaching handover of the 2015 pre-season, Matthew Nicks will replace Ken Hinkley for the next fortnight of NAB Challenge games.

Having media performers on Match Review Panel makes no sense

Luke Ball, seen here after his final game in 2014, is one former player who seems certain to face on-air or on-screen dilemmas, which will mean being forced to choose one employer over the other.

Caroline Wilson The AFL's  redesign of its often controversial and generally clunky judicial system appears as practical and pragmatic as it was fine tuned and well considered.

Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh reveals he once would have 'screamed at Brent Reilly to get up'

Self-examination: New Adelaide
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Caroline Wilson Every day since he snatched the Adelaide coaching job with a performance that left the Crows' interview panel speechless, Phil Walsh has learnt something new about himself and the game that he has...

AFL could scrap substitute rule


Caroline Wilson The contentious substitute rule could be removed by the end of 2015 as part of an AFL push to simplify and streamline interchange rotations.

AFL bid to fast-track women's national league

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Caroline Wilson AFL boss Gillon McLachlan will push to fast track the launch of a national women's league with the goal of creating an Australia-wide competition by the start of 2017.

Adelaide coach Phil Walsh calls for a further reduction in interchanges

Phil Walsh has called for a further reduction in interchanges.

Caroline Wilson Phil Walsh has become the first current AFL coach to push for a further reduction in interchanges, saying the league failed to make the tough decision at the start of last season when it compromised...

AFL keen to stage International Rules clash in New York

Brodie Smith of Australia gathers the ball during the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium in November last year.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson The AFL is working to honour its commitment to the game's stars by staging an International Rules trial game in New York later this year.

Crows star Rory Sloane looks to be developing into a stayer

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Caroline Wilson The strong impression picked up after more than an hour with Rory Sloane is that he will end his playing career at the Adelaide Football Club.

Crows star Rory Sloane calls for loyalty scheme for one-club players

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Caroline Wilson Adelaide star Rory Sloane has proposed a loyalty scheme for footballers who remain one-club players. 

Gold Coast Suns expect Gary Ablett OK for new contract

The man: Gary Ablett is yet to commit to the Suns with a new contract.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast has insisted it remains unfazed by Gary Ablett’s ongoing reluctance to commit to the Suns beyond this season.

Suns expect Ablett OK for new contract

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast has insisted it remains unfazed by Gary Ablett's ongoing reluctance to commit to the Suns beyond this season.

Alastair Clarkson's clarity changing the coaching landscape

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson returned to the AFL Commission table on Monday, 12 months after identifying a serious deficiency in AFL coaching ranks - a deficiency which so resonated with Mike Fitzpatrick's...

First woman Governor could have been first woman AFL chairman

Saints: From left, Christine Finnegan, Peta Searle, Lisa Laing and Emmeline McIllree.

Caroline Wilson Linda Dessau's influence upon the game she has fought quietly to reshape can be officially documented from the moment Kevin Sheedy and Peter Jackson almost two decades ago invited her to lunch in a...

Dons can’t hijack league: Malthouse

Caroline Wilson The NAB Challenge stand-off between Essendon and the AFL remained unresolved on Thursday despite top-level talks between the players' union and head office.