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.

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AFL coaching: The buck stops here

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson's controversial call to regulate the AFL coaching industry comes on the eve of a season already shaken up by the emergence of six new senior coaches.

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Stephen Dank booking to speak at charity lunch a big blunder

Assistant coach Dean Wallis.

Caroline Wilson The sad implications behind Dean Wallis' decision to lure Stephen Dank to a sportsman's lunch has not been lost on any of the major players.

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AFL coaches back push to introduce coaching entry rules

Hawthorns coach Alastair Clarkson

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson's push to legislate against unqualified coaches has gained momentum.

AFL hold on Swans' extra cash

Swans dive against Eagles (Thumbnail)

Caroline Wilson The AFL has wrested control of Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance away from the Swans and ensured the club's richest footballers no longer receive extra money outside the standard salary...

Richmond's Brendon Gale may be the man to replace AFL boss Andrew Demetriou

Brendon Gale

Caroline Wilson The AFL Players Association has become rightly cautious about its now well-deserved reputation as a pathway to executive positions within the competition.

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Andrew Demetriou kicked goals - and behinds

CEO of the AFL Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson It was during an early February afternoon tea in New York, overlooking a snow-covered Central Park, that Andrew Demetriou's resignation from Australian sport's most powerful job became official.

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I always put the players first: Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's successor could be named in the next two months.

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Essendon in crisis as players named in banned drugs inquiry

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Caroline Wilson Essendon called a crisis meeting of 10 senior players warning them that they would be named publicly for having taken potentially banned drugs.

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Poor clubs can't win flags, says Alan Richardson

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Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane There appears no end in sight to the radical bid by the competition's chiefs to create a more even competition.

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Club's cuddle too soft by half, only a ban will suffice

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Collingwood has chosen to make a cultural statement based on its belief that Williams is truly repentant.

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AFL, power clubs ready for showdown over equalisation

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire is leading the charge against a tax on club revenues.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou and his team will try to push through new Robin Hood-style taxes to reshape competition.

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Last hurrah? Let's hear it for the fans

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Predicting the timing of Andrew Demetriou's departure from a job that his influence and pay packet suggests is the most powerful in Australian sport has been a fruitless game that has accompanied the...

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Commission will investigate AFL's handling of Essendon saga

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief admits he could have played a more meaningful role in prolonged and compromised negotiations with Essendon that included the administrative oversight that allowed suspended coach James Hird...

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Game was 'ambushed': Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson calls for sweeping reforms to AFL coaching ranks to block any repeat of Essendon supplements scandal.

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Recruiting Lance Franklin a 'bad move', says GWS boss

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Greater Western Sydney pushes for the AFL to cut its financial support of the Swans.

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Sydney is fighting to retain its cost-of-living allowance

Sydney Swans intra club match.

Caroline Wilson The Sydney Swans are mounting a case to preserve the contentious cost-of-living allowance.

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AFL tick for Tony Abbott on doping

Tony Abbott and Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson One year after the so-called ''blackest day in Australian sport'' AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has offered the federal government the competition's full support for its beefed-up integrity resources in...

AFL

Richmond has leading questions after Jack Riewoldt loses role

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Richmond's on-field showing will define the year, not the make-up of its leadership group.

AFL

Hird tough enough to return as own man

Caroline Wilson Ian Hanke's nonsensical scattergun approach has done neither Hird nor Essendon any favours.

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Essendon chairman says Hird will return 'a better person'

Essendon coach James Hird and Chairman Paul Little

Caroline Wilson Essendon chairman Paul Little concedes he faced a difficult task convincing Hird to move on.