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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Free agency will widen gap between rich and poor clubs, says Taylor Walker

Caroline Wilson Adelaide star Taylor Walker has spoken out against free agency in the belief the recently relaxed player movement rules will ultimately harm the competition and widen the gap between the rich and...

Danny Frawley to reveal health issues after returning to work on Wednesday

Danny Frawley.

Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will this week end his self-imposed sabbatical from the media, in a return to work which will see him reveal details of the health issues that followed his departure from the top job at...

AFL

Stadium issues rile AFL, clubs

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's parting shot at the MCG on Friday underlines the AFL's long history of hostility with the game's spiritual home.

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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...

Swans threaten to scale down their NSW development

Sydney Swans boss Andrew Ireland.

Caroline Wilson Sydney has threatened to radically scale down its investment in developing the game in NSW should the AFL revise the bidding system in a move which could force the club to pay a higher price for...

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Eddie McGuire's passion can be a pitfall

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Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire's voice is so loud it cannot help prove a distraction to his staff.

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Andrew Newbold urges overhaul of father-son and academy picks in drive towards equalisation

Andrew Newbold

Caroline Wilson Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has backed Collingwood’s Eddie McGuire in raising misgivings over the AFL academies in Sydney and southern Queensland and urged the league to work towards a...

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Travis Auld to join McLachlan's executive

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has poached Travis Auld - the man it placed in charge of its 17th team the Gold Coast Suns - to take centre stage in the new Gillon McLachlan administration.

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Mick Malthouse still to learn that results not the only measure of a coach

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Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's half-hearted mea culpa on Thursday said as much about the changing times in which he is coaching as about the man himself.

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Essendon continues to duck for cover

Caroline Wilson The latest and potentially most laughable attempt by Essendon to make the AFL accountable for its own dangerous and potentially illegal drugs program has struck a chord as the club continues to point...

Fan initiatives could have fresh face in Travis Auld

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chief executive Travis Auld is looming as one fresh face in Gillon McLachlan's new look executive team as the new AFL boss sets in place a long-term plan to bring more fans to the football.

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AFL charter inoffensive, generic and mildly disappointing

Caroline Wilson

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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League, union back medical director Peter Harcourt

AFL medical director Peter Harcourt is expected to receive the backing of chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has thrown its unequivocal support behind its medical director Peter Harcourt, despite being unaware he had been filmed as the keynote speaker at a Zurich conference on drugs in sport last...

Magpie Dane Swan star guest at Mick Gatto restaurant fund-raiser

Dane Swan

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Caroline Wilson and Cameron Houston Collingwood footballer Dane Swan was the star attraction at a $200-a-head dinner promoted and attended by underworld boss Mick Gatto and other gangland figures and held this week at a pizza...

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Time to put players, club and the game ahead of lengthy legal stoush

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Caroline Wilson Ben McDevitt broke his silence on Friday and pointedly stated that the eyes of the World Anti-Doping Authority were on Australia and just how seriously it regarded its responsibility towards the...

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Club presidents unite against Essendon's response to show-cause notices

Lacking support: Essendon chariman Paul Little.

Caroline Wilson AFL club presidents have expressed serious disenchantment with Essendon and its chairman Paul Little

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

Colin Carter

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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ASADA revelations do not dilute Essendon's culpability

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Caroline Wilson The revelation that the AFL feared it could no longer rely upon a deal it believed it had struck with ASADA over the Essendon players will not prove the 'gotcha' moment of this extraordinary saga but...

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Anzac eve game wouldn't detract from Pies-Bombers clash, says Peter Jackson

An Anzac Day eve game to precede the annual match between Essendon and Collingwood is

Caroline Wilson and Daniel Cherny Melbourne boss Peter Jackson said on Friday it was ridiculous to suggest an Anzac eve clash between the Demons and Richmond would detract from Collingwood and Essendon's two-decade hold on Anzac Day...