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.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says AFL is at risk of being hijacked by Essendon

Caroline Wilson, Ronny Lerner 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.

Essendon's refusal to play is making a mockery of the pre-season competition

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Caroline Wilson Essendon's ongoing refusal to make itself available for the AFL's pre-season challenge is starting to make a mockery of the competition with just two weeks remaining until the first bounce.

Essendon supplements saga: Ironies abound as Bombers resist pre-season solutions

Questions abound surrounding Essendon.

Caroline Wilson The continuing possibility that Essendon will withdraw completely from the AFL's pre-season competition involves a number of ironies not lost on anyone in touch with this devastating chronicle as it...

Essendon baulk at AFL's NAB Challenge proposal

Essendon players face an uncertain future.

Caroline Wilson Every listed Essendon player from 2012 would be allowed to withdraw from all 2015 pre-season games under an AFL proposal that would help hide the identities of Bombers players charged with taking...

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AFL to consider twilight grand final

What a twilight grand final might look like (digitally altered image.)

Caroline Wilson The AFL grand final is in danger of losing its coveted place as Australia's highest rating game of the year unless it moves into a new twilight time slot according to Eddie McGuire.

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Essendon supplements saga: Hearing to discuss evidence dispute

Essendon logo.

Caroline Wilson A dispute over crucial anti-doping evidence which the 34 past and present Essendon players facing bans say has been denied to them by ASADA is expected to be resolved at a directions hearing early on...

AFL coaches give James Hird the cold shoulder

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson A significant number of senior AFL coaches have continued to avoid meaningful talks with Essendon coach James Hird.

TV rights cash row looms

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 A showdown is looming between AFL clubs and their players over the spoils from the next broadcast rights deal.

Bombers pay bulk of Mark Thompson's AFL fine

Mark Thompson

Caroline Wilson The vexed issue of Mark Thompson's $30,000 debt to the AFL has been settled, with the majority of the fine having been covered by Essendon.

To avoid a blue, Mick Malthouse vows to pull up his post-match socks

Mick Malthouse has long had a strained relationship with the media.

Caroline Wilson On the eve of his 31st season as an AFL coach, Mick Malthouse has given some ground on the vexing issue that has increasingly proved to be his most famous Achilles heel: football's fifth quarter.

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Gary Ablett pushes for extension as deal delayed

Gary Ablett's is back training.

Caroline Wilson Negotiations to extend Gary Ablett's five-year contract with the Suns are due to resume this week, with no reason given for the delay.

St Kilda return to Junction Oval back on table

The Junction Oval.

Caroline Wilson St Kilda's return home to the Junction Oval in a joint venture with cricket been put firmly back onto the table by the Victorian Government which has pledged to back a $59 million redevelopment of...

Stars finally align for Stephen Silvagni's return to Carlton

Stephen Silvagni in 2001.

Caroline Wilson The historic significance of Stephen Silvagni's imminent return to the Carlton Football Club should not be underestimated.

Essendon could cover Mark Thompson's AFL fine

Mark Thompson

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.

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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.