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.

Saints in line to go marching back to Junction Oval after AFL brokers complex deal

Caroline Wilson The AFL has pledged $10 million to secure the return of St Kilda to its suburban heartland.

Essendon, AFL consider voluntary suspensions for players

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Caroline Wilson AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan suggested the Essendon players facing show-cause notices from ASADA for their involvement in the 2012 supplements saga could seek voluntary suspensions.

AFL's deal-maker Gillon McLachlan will be worth listening to

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan was the AFL's deal maker long before he became the competition's most powerful executive.

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Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

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Caroline Wilson The MCG's move to host four of international soccer's most glamorous clubs in a three-game competition in the middle of a traditional AFL Melbourne winter comes one decade almost to the day that the...

Bells and whistles no match for a genuine AFL contest in the right timeslot

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Caroline Wilson The humble home-and-away game in Melbourne is set to undergo a radical facelift.

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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy...

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AFL moves to win back fans

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has established a blueprint to win back Victorian fans, admitting that the MCG and Etihad Stadium no longer set the benchmark as match-day venues and that the game's heartland has suffered...

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AFL, MCG and Etihad working towards a brighter future

A crowd of up to 75,000 is expected at the MCG tonight.

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan’s admission that the AFL had not worked closely enough with its two biggest stadiums has been warmly welcomed by both the MCG and Etihad with the relatively new Docklands...

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AFL to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

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AFL charter inoffensive, generic and mildly disappointing

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Caroline Wilson The AFL's much-vaunted charter was a worthy exercise ultimately watered-down to appease football's extensive multi-layered competitions, the purists and the evolutionists – not to mention...

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan opts for low-key approach ahead of testing times

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Caroline Wilson Little more than a month since assuming the so-called most powerful job in Australian sport, Gillon McLachlan looks headed for the shortest honeymoon period since Ross Oakley took over the then VFL...

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History of the AFL could be turned on its head

Old dark Blues: The Carlton team in 1868.

Caroline Wilson The history of Australian Rules football will soon be turned on its head if a series of recommendations to the AFL commission is accepted - recommendations which will rewrite the official birth date...

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Mid-level AFL clubs unhappy with equalisation plans

Fremantle chief Steve Rosich.

Caroline Wilson The AFL’s historic bid to create an even football competition is facing a mutinous response from at least five middle-level clubs disenchanted in the belief they will be be harshly taxed by...

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Failed: AFL report says of Hawthorn's Tasmanian push

Hawthorn has 8000 Tasmanian members, with a total of 25,000 AFL club members across the state.

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE An AFL-backed report into the game's future in Tasmania has questioned Hawthorn's commitment to developing the code down south and concluded that the club has failed to capture "the hearts...

AFL: Glen Bartlett and Phil Davis share strong bond

Caroline Wilson The near loss of a kidney in 1985 following a marking contest during his playing career with West Perth has led Glen Bartlett to form a bond with Greater Western Sydney captain Phil Davis.

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Paul Marsh appointed AFL Players Association boss

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Caroline Wilson The most powerful players’ representative in world cricket takes over at the helm of the AFL Players Association.

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Former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou appointed to Bastion Group board

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has accepted his first board position since departing the AFL becoming a shareholder of the Bastion Group, a sports marketing company which helps broker sponsorship deals for large...

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Port's fitness boss Darren Burgess becomes highest paid in AFL

Darren Burgess (right) with Soceroo Dario Vidosic during 2010.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide's Darren Burgess has become the highest-paid high performance manager in the AFL after committing to the game's top-of-the-ladder club until the end of 2018.

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Geelong accuses AFL of caving in to Magpie-led campaign on equalisation

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Caroline Wilson Geelong president Colin Carter has accused the AFL of caving in to a Collingwood-led campaign in its failure to adequately address the growing divide between the rich and poor clubs.

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New proposal for AFL games in Ballarat

An artist's impression of the development of Ballarat's showgrounds.

Caroline Wilson A new multimillion-dollar proposal to redevelop North Ballarat's showgrounds precinct has rekindled the prospect of AFL games at Eureka Stadium.