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.

AFL confident crowds will return despite low figure for pre-season final

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik AFL refuses to link Friday night's dismal NAB Cup turn-out with negative publicity.

Port’s colosseum home ground the envy of the rest

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Caroline Wilson Port and its new home ground reinvented the presentation of a final.

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

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

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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More Saturday afternoon football at the MCG next year

AFL is set to return to the MCG on Saturday afternoons in season 2015.

Caroline Wilson Saturday afternoon football at the MCG, the once-traditional punctuation mark of winters in Melbourne, will creep back into the AFL calendar next season.

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

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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Saints closer to heading home to Junction Oval

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Caroline Wilson The romantic notion of the St Kilda Football Club returning home to the Junction Oval has moved one step closer to reality following top-level talks between the AFL and the Victorian government.

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AFL must re-think ticketing: Andrew Demetriou

Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn game attracted the AFL’s biggest attendance for the season to date.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has admitted that the AFL must go back to the drawing board in a bid to rebrand and simplify its complex and wildly unpopular variable ticketing system.

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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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SA football boss defends Adelaide Oval costs

The Crows' average attendance at Adelaide Oval is more than 47,000 - 16 per cent ahead of projections - lifting their average total attendances up 8000 to 38,230.

Caroline Wilson South Australian football boss Leigh Whicker has defended the high early cost of staging games at the Adelaide Oval.

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Pre-season picks 'a circus'

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Caroline Wilson Radical plan to introduce a ''captains' pick'' representative game on eve of 2014 season slammed as ''circus and a sideshow'' by one club chairman.

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Two tribes go to war

Trent Cotchin and Marc Murphy.

Caroline Wilson Young leaders will be chasing old glories in Melbourne season opener.

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Ailing Dees to put case to AFL Commission

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne's bid for an AFL-funded multi-million dollar restructure comes with the club still struggling to lure an experienced football boss and uncertainty lingering over the replacement for...

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Dees have hurt league: Demetriou

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Caroline Wilson AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has disputed Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson's assertion that Melbourne is ''a huge impediment to the industry'', but conceded the Demons' dreadful on-field...

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AFL caught short at a crucial time

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Caroline Wilson It was among the most meaningful advice Ken Hinkley could offer his players in the final round of 2013 and it came at quarter-time at AAMI Stadium's last AFL game.

Man for all seasons

Andrew Demetriou: 'I've got unfinished business and I'm ready to hit the decks.'

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou, in London near the end of his mid-season break, says his family deserved some of his time.

Colless clears shadows

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Caroline Wilson Richard Colless has not let a struggle with depression stop him from being at the helm of Sydney.

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Bombers raid on round one

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Caroline Wilson Richmond's hold on the AFL season opener is looking tenuous with Essendon confirming it will push to play Carlton next year in round one at the MCG.

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