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.

Sydney forward Kurt Tippett to miss fortnight with broken hand

Caroline Wilson Maligned Sydney forward Kurt Tippett played the majority of Saturday night's clash with Hawthorn with a broken hand and is expected to miss at least a fortnight after having a plate inserted.

'Need to be inspired by Walsh'

Adelaide Oval: Memorial for Phil Walsh service.

Caroline Wilson Meredith Walsh asked for two things on Wednesday at the memorial service for her husband Phillip. One was to remember him and his stories and, if possible, write them down and send them her way.

Harley Bennell an unwilling test case

Caroline Wilson The curious case of Harley Bennell is expected to remain just that this week with Gold Coast seemingly determined that the player continue to stand out of football as he is assessed by a series of...

Defence of Karmichael Hunt simply misguided

Both the AFL and Gold Coast have continued to suggest that Karmichael Hunt has done so much good for the game in placing it on the map in foreign territory that his sorry parting gesture should be judged in that context.

Caroline Wilson It is disappointing that Gold Coast Suns' chiefs have chosen to adopt the AFL's line about Karmichael Hunt.

Cats plea to AFL for financial help

Strapped for cash: Brian Cook of Geelong predicts the club's losses for the year could reach $500,000.

Caroline Wilson Geelong has approached the AFL Commission for financial relief with the club revealing it will lose close to half a million dollars this season.

Extensive talks on Harley Bennell but no date for return to football

Harley Bennell remains no certainty to return in round 16 against Greater Western Sydney.

Caroline Wilson Troubled Gold Coast Sun Harley Bennell will continue to remain out of football after a succession of talks on Tuesday involving the club, Bennell, the AFL and the players' union.

Why Paul Little's reign of error at crisis club Essendon must end

The prevailing view before the World Anti-Doping Agency appeal was that Paul Little would step down at the end of the year.

Caroline Wilson Paul Little's failed presidency of the Essendon Football Club can be traced back to its earliest days – to the last dire days of David Evans' rule, in fact.

Gold Coast plan to lose Harley Bennell and Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon (left), soon to be out of contract, is looking at a five-year offer from the Brisbane Lions worth about $3 million.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast will move this week to prolong Harley Bennell's suspension with the club formulating an intensified off-field rehabilitation program for the troubled footballer.

Phil Walsh's brutal honesty was a breath of fresh air

Caroline Wilson Few AFL coaches have delivered more in 12 senior games than the half-season Phillip Walsh contributed to the sport he so adored.

Coach's brutal honesty was a breath of fresh air

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Few AFL coaches have delivered more in 12 senior games than the half-season Philip Walsh contributed to the sport he so adored.

Demon Bernie Vince still living the dream and hoping for finals footy

Caroline Wilson Although he says he probably should, Bernie Vince has no regrets about his football life.

Back to the future in radical zone plan

Plans pending: AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is set to roll out his national review of the game.

Caroline Wilson A radical AFL proposal to introduce club-branded academies and zones across the competition looks certain to be the headline act emerging from Gillon McLachlan's national review of the game.

Former chief Andrew Demetriou giving game a wide berth

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou is showing no signs of breaking following his cold-turkey withdrawal from the game which consumed close to two decades of his working life.

AFL introduces new rule against ducking

AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has taken the radical step of introducing a mid-season rule change after concerns that players were willingly risking head injuries by ducking into contests.

Indigenous coverage running out of money

Richmond players sing the club song in the rooms after defeating Essendon in the Dreamtime at the G game on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson Days after the game celebrated Adam Goodes' dance and a near-record Dreamtime attendance at the MCG, it has emerged that the jewel in the AFL's Indigenous broadcasting crown may fold due to lack of...

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says Adam Goodes' 'war cry' celebration not offensive

Backed by the AFL: Adam Goodes.

Matt Murnane, Caroline Wilson The AFL has belatedly weighed in on the debate sparked by Adam Goodes' "war cry" goal celebration, with the Swans star receiving support from league chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

AFL has seen the light on fan innovations

Travis Auld:

Caroline Wilson The AFL has conceded it antagonised a significant section of football fans early this season in its attempts to revamp home-and-away games at the MCG and Etithad Stadium.

Hawks missed a chance to stop Goodes boos

Dividing the crowd: Adam Goodes of the Swans.

Caroline Wilson A series of unscheduled but high level conversations behind the glass at the MCG last Saturday night underlined the complexities around the booing of dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes.

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice won't lose sleep over Malthouse

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice announcing Malthouse’s sacking.

Caroline Wilson Carlton president Mark LoGiudice said he would "not lose a minute's sleep" over the potential damage Mick Malthouse's next media interview could inflict upon the club but added he hoped both the...

Mick Malthouse risked losing his Blues payout

Michael Malthouse

Jake NIall, Caroline Wilson and Ronny Lerner Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has cited a loss of trust between his board and Mick Malthouse as the reason behind the veteran coach's sacking on Tuesday afternoon.