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.

Tippett, Crows on draft rule charges

Caroline Wilson KURT TIPPETT and his former club Adelaide have been charged with a series of rule breaches by the AFL, and will be summoned to appear before the commission next week.

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Adelaide's 'goodwill gesture' costs it draft picks 20 and 54

Adelaide logo

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Adelaide has taken the extraordinary step of giving up their first two AFL national draft picks as they brace for heavy penalties from the Kurt Tippett saga.

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No draft penalties likely for Melbourne

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne appears to have escaped draft penalties but faces a fine of $500,000 as the AFL investigation into tanking sparked by Brock McLean moved on Friday into the final stages of resolution.

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Logo, mini-draft on table

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Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson In-season mini-draft, ban on top clubs poaching free agents and possible sale of AFL logo on front of player jumpers options discussed in bid to ease gap between AFL's rich and poor.

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The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

Timing of priority pick request as ill-judged as the decision to seek one

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Caroline Wilson The political layers beneath Melbourne's poorly timed decision to apply for a 2014 priority pick appear as complex as the national draft that the AFL is working to simplify.

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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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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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...

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...

Taylor Walker learns how to run again

Taylor Walker

Caroline Wilson Taylor Walker is not overstating it when he says his life changed on the April day last year he went down on one knee at the MCG.

No 'bloc' but northern CEOs to discuss challenges

Swans chief Andrew Ireland.

Caroline Wilson Swans chief Andrew Ireland has convened a Tuesday night meeting of the four northern AFL clubs to thrash out challenges exclusive to Australian football in Sydney and southern Queensland on the eve...

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Roos and Demons still coming to terms with sins of the past

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Caroline Wilson If the Melbourne Football Club’s attempt five years ago to lose games for early draft choices did not already sit high on the long list of the game’s most haunting cautionary tales, then...

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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...

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Chad Wingard, football's hottest young property and the fresh face of reconciliation

Chad Wingard

Caroline Wilson The love story that created football's hottest young property goes some way to explaining how the quiet, high-achieving basketball fanatic Chad Wingard became not only the poster boy for the rebuilt...

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Richmond chief backs Damien Hardwick's hard stance

Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale.

Caroline Wilson Richmond chief Brendon Gale has backed coach Damien Hardwick to follow through on his undertaking to punish key players for their mediocre performances this season via the selection table.

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Josh Bootsma sacked by Carlton

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Carlton youngster Josh Bootsma has become the first AFL player to be sacked for social media misconduct, after the Blues terminated his contract on Tuesday.

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One Giant nightmare: Toby Greene arrested on assault charges

Toby Greene faces almost certain suspension before facing court in September.

Caroline Wilson Greater Western Sydney’s Toby Greene was charged with a series of drunken assault offences on Monday night, just days after a senior Blacktown policeman lectured the young Giants on the pitfalls of...

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Dean Bailey remembered as a straight-shooter

Dean Bailey

Caroline Wilson Dean Bailey's premature death on the eve of the 2014 AFL season has provoked so many mixed emotions and demanded some reflection on the tumultuous events that punctuated his final years in the game...

Patrick Dangerfield to weigh up Adelaide prospects

Patrick Dangerfield remains a prime target of the Cats.

Caroline Wilson The explosive midfielder would return to Victoria if he believed he had no chance of team success with the Crows.