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.

Essendon could cover Mark Thompson's AFL fine

Caroline Wilson A further twist in Mark Thompson's turbulent relationship with Essendon could see the club agree to cover the $30,000 fine which has put the 2014 Bombers' coach at odds with the AFL.

South Australian Premier called in over oval row

Should the SANFL refuse to budge further on the profit sharing arrangement, the state government is expected to reshape the Adelaide Oval management structure.

Caroline Wilson The Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide have turned to Premier Jay Weatherill to resolve the crippling Adelaide Oval impasse.

Who's the best-paid Dog?

Bargain: Ryan Griffen poses in his new club's colours.

Caroline Wilson The Western Bulldogs' former captain, Ryan Griffen, will remain the highest-paid player at the Whitten Oval next season despite walking out on the club post-season.

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Discretion not the better part of this decision

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Whichever way you present it, the AFL’s decision to clear Essendon players Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to play in Saturday’s international rules match against Ireland is one that...

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Mark Thompson's exit highlights the dysfunction at Essendon's core

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Paul Little's handling of Mark Thompson on Wednesday remains symbolic of the unprecedented football disaster area the Essendon Football Club has become.

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AFL gives former Essendon man Mark Thompson one week to pay fine

Mark Thompson.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has given Mark Thompson one week to settle his debt with the competition's governing body or face being banned from working in the industry.

Port Adelaide faces $2 million loss

Port Adelaide will post a substantial operating loss, despite on-field success.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide will post a loss of close to $2 million this year, despite the club recording record attendances, membership and a top-four finish.

Don and dusted: Mark Thompson and Essendon to part ways

Mark Thompson

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

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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

Sherrin footy

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...