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.

With money in the bank, AFL eyes a major facelift for Etihad Stadium

Caroline Wilson AFL has held a series of talks with tenant clubs, broadcast partners and sponsors with a view to transforming its Docklands home into a wider sporting and entertainment precinct.

James Hird oversaw the most catastrophic period in Essendon's history

James Hird

Caroline Wilson In announcing his time at Essendon had come to an end, James Hird spoke first about the beginning. Of the day in 1991 he walked into the club as a 17-year-old and how he fell in love over the years...

AFL set to announce $2 billion deal on Tuesday afternoon

AFL Sherrin

Caroline Wilson The AFL is expected to announce a new six-year multi-media deal before close of business on Tuesday with media chiefs from around the country due to arrive at league headquarters in Melbourne for the...

James Hird decision: Massive loss to St Kilda sowed the seeds

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The forces against James Hird stacked up in earnest again in early July when the dispirited Bombers failed to compete against St Kilda.

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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan's legacy secure with $2.5bn TV rights deal

Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson Having officially taken over the most powerful role in Australian sporting administration less than 15 months ago, Gillon McLachlan has already achieved his legacy to the game with a record new...

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AFL close to $2b broadcast deal

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson The AFL is on the verge of announcing an historic new broadcast deal potentially worth $2 billion over six years with the Seven Network and Foxtel starting in 2017.

Sydney Swans to fight trade sanctions

Caroline Wilson Sydney will take their fight to enter the 2015 trade period without restriction to the commission before the end of this month and have not ruled out taking the AFL to court.

Mass exodus makes Lions’ request for pick a vital priority

Heading out: Lion Matthew Leuenberger.

Caroline Wilson The politics surrounding the Brisbane Lions' push for a priority pick at the 2015 draft intensified two weeks ago when the Lions' three-time premiership coach and football powerbroker Leigh Matthews...

AFL eyes Thursday night showdown with NRL in head-to-head battle for TV ratings

Caroline Wilson Thursday night football will play a pivotal role in the next AFL broadcast deal with the league looking to fixture 12 Thursday night free-to-air games from 2017.

Positive tale may shift drug talks

Matthew Pavlich, chairman of the player's board that met on Wednesday and discussed the AFL's new illicit drugs policy.

Caroline Wilson The compelling story of an AFL player with an illicit drug problem detected early by his club could prove one pivotal example to shift the sensitive negotiations between football boss Mark Evans and...

Hawthorn's Brendan Bolton to meet Blues over coach job

Caroline Wilson Hawthorn's Brendon Bolton will meet Carlton for an extensive interview later this week with the Hawks having told their senior assistant that they wanted him to remain at the club through the finals...

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan told to change his style

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson Disenchanted football chief executives registered their disappointment with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan after his handling of last week's two-day meeting of the 18 clubs, telling the league chief he...

Essendon shuffle deckchairs as damage from drug scandal continues

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Essendon's latest attempt to reshuffle the deckchairs on football's longest-running version of the Titanic sees the strife-torn club yet again call upon another former hero to step in as a...

Port swoop before Lions to snatch Charlie Dixon

Not following the sun:  Is Charlie Dixon headed to Port Adelaide?

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide appears to have stolen a march on the Brisbane Lions for the second successive year with the Power looking likely to secure the services of Gold Coast forward Charlie Dixon on a...

AFL in need of reform, says Eddie McGuire

AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Caroline Wilson Collingwood president calls on competition bosses Mike Fitzpatrick and Gillon McLachlan to close ranks and lead the game "out of this funk that we find ourselves in."

Push to remove Alan Jones from SCG Trust over Goodes outburst

Under fire: Alan Jones.

Caroline Wilson A push to remove Alan Jones from the SCG Trust has followed the Sydney shock jock's heated public commentary over Adam Goodes in which Jones accused Goodes of always playing the victim.

We are not at war with AFL head office, Sydney Swans say

Andrew Pridham has launched a scathing attack on those blaming Adam Goodes for the events of the last week.

Caroline Wilson Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has labelled claims that his club was at war with the AFL as "nonsense".

Indigenous commission representative a must

Caroline Wilson Publicly defiant but privately brooding, and not a little wounded, AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick must surely now resume in earnest his search for an Indigenous commissioner.

A golden chance slips for AFL

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan's decision to consult his way through the Adam Goodes debate has backfired on the AFL chief who vowed when he took on the job to engage and collaborate his way towards the outcomes...

AFL loses only female executive Dorothy Hisgrove, a blow to Gillon McLachlan

Gone from the AFL: Dorothy Hisgrove.

Caroline Wilson The dramatic departure from the AFL of Dorothy Hisgrove, the game's only female executive, who vowed to change the culture of the organisation, marks 12 months of unrest at head office...

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