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.

Right thing for Hird to do is step down

Caroline Wilson In early February, as James Hird's world began to unravel, he still didn't get it. Sitting alongside his chairman and his chief executive at AFL head office, the Essendon legend, premiership captain...

Schwab, designated fall guy, walks plank

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson Decision to sack Melbourne chief executive was made late on Saturday night.

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Schwab on thin ice as sharks circle

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson The last time Melbourne suffered a loss of historic proportions the club sacked its coach Dean Bailey.

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Buddy shoots himself in foot


Caroline Wilson Lance Franklin's crazy decision to take hostage of Hawks' season suddenly seems increasingly risky for him.


Great divide: Longmire attacks 'disrespectful' view of Swans


Caroline Wilson Reigning premiership coach John Longmire has registered his disappointment with Greater Western Sydney chief executive David Matthews and his "disrespectful" comments about the Swans, as the bad...


A Bridge too far for Swans

Kevin Sheedy and John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson Bad blood continues to flow between the two cross-city rivals in Sydney.


Winmar struggling with his image


Caroline Wilson The curtains opened to signify the official launch of the AFL season and Andrew Demetriou emerged to speak through a strange puff of smoke.


Cap could cause flooding: Longmire

John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson John Longmire warns the AFL that the move to cap interchange rotations could bring back flooding.

Longmire lays down the lore

John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson Sydney’s premiership coach has told AFL commissioners how the Swans won the 2012 flag – and of his fears for the game under proposed rule changes.

Two tribes go to war

Trent Cotchin and Marc Murphy.

Caroline Wilson Young leaders will be chasing old glories in Melbourne season opener.


Franklin off course at grand prix

Lance Franklin.

Caroline Wilson Incoherent and out-of-sorts Lance Franklin stumbled into corporate suite at Melbourne GP.

Wobbly Franklin does himself few favours at grand prix

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Lance Franklin of the Hawks celebrates kicking a goal during the First AFL Qualifying Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 7, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Caroline Wilson An incoherent and out-of-sorts Lance Franklin raised eyebrows and later incurred the wrath of his club when he stumbled into a corporate suite at last weekend's Melbourne Grand Prix where AFL chief...


AFL won't pitch in for cricket

Cricket remains the protected MCG tenant until the last weekend of March

Caroline Wilson AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou refuses to help fund cricket's proposed exit from the MCG.


McGuire 'an amnesiac' on cap fight

Eddie McGuire.

Caroline Wilson GWS chairman Tony Shepherd has diagnosed Eddie McGuire with 'a bad case of amnesia'.

McDonald denies work link to son

Donald McDonald.

Caroline Wilson North Melbourne's football boss denies allegations he linked his own contract negotiations at the club with the recruitment of his son Luke.

Roos on hop over McDonald


Caroline Wilson Concerns have followed the journey of Luke McDonald to his father's club.


Coaches' bid on subs in review

The AFL's medical director Peter Harcourt struggled to explain the complexities of the rule.

Caroline Wilson A late bid to further relax the AFL's substitute rule relating to concussion has been rejected on the eve of Friday night's season opener between Adelaide and Essendon.

Woman to take top job at Cats


Caroline Wilson Geelong will achieve off-field history next month when it installs the first woman club boss in the AFL.


Demetriou urges new philosophy

Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson AFL chief launches another attack on ''madcap philosophy of winning at all costs''.

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Logo, mini-draft on table


Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson In-season mini-draft, ban on top clubs poaching free agents and possible sale of AFL logo on front of player jumpers options discussed in bid to ease gap between AFL's rich and poor.

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