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.

Mass exodus makes Lions’ request for pick a vital priority

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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Adam Goodes to return to Sydney Swans' training on Tuesday

Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson Swans star Adam Goodes has told coach John Longmire that he will return to the club and to training from Tuesday morning.

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AFL seemingly doesn't get our shameful history

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson And as much as the AFL loves to celebrate Indigenous Australians, it struggles as much as most with the great divide.

Ex-jockey charged by Racing Victoria for allegedly racially vilifying Adam Goodes

Caroline Wilson, Patrick Bartley A former Victorian jockey who is alleged to have racially vilified Adam Goodes on social media could be thrown out of the industry after being charged by Racing Victoria with conduct...

AFL, Sydney Swans chiefs hold urgent talks

Uncertain future: Adam Goodes of the Swans.

Caroline Wilson With the playing future of Adam Goodes uncertain late on Tuesday and with Sydney concerned for their player's welfare, the game's stakeholders were holding urgent talks to address some short-term...

AFL leaders have taken too long to denounce booing

Centre of controversy: Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson The AFL's belated public reaction to what has become a watershed issue for the game could be best summed up by Gillon McLachlan's measured Monday media conference in which he politely asked fans to...

AFL Indigenous chief Jason Mifsud says everyone should do the Adam Goodes war dance

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Adam Goodes of the Swans is chaired off after his 350th AFL match during the 1st Preliminary Final AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at ANZ Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Caroline Wilson The AFL's most senior Indigenous official has encouraged Indigenous players from all 18 clubs to perform the war dance made famous by Adam Goodes next weekend to show support for the Sydney champion.

If you boo Adam Goodes you're a racist, says Swans boss Andrew Pridham

Dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has called on the coaches and captains of all 18 AFL clubs to take a stand over what he described as the serial and racist booing of Adam Goodes.

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