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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One bye, October grand final on cards

Caroline Wilson AFL players look certain to revert to just one bye round in the 2015 season with an October grand final also near certain in the AFL's determination to launch the season late – in April at the...

Fans witness a great heist on grand final day

Tripping the light: Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh hoist aloft the cup of dreams.

Caroline Wilson Most premierships are foregone conclusions by the time living minutes become dying seconds in the twilight of grand final day. Many are anti-climactic and usually the short-priced favourite gets up.

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Etihad grand final a costly move for AFL and Brisbane

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Caroline Wilson AFL's decision to rob Brisbane of NAB Cup grand final a shocker on so many levels.

Black Caviar says neigh to grand final gig

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Caroline Wilson Black Caviar has refused an invitation from the AFL to play a starring role in what would have proved a pre-game extravaganza on grand final day.

AFL has rethink on grand final acts

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou concedes that Meat Loaf's disappointing performance hurt reputation of grand final.

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Western Bulldogs transform Whitten Oval into new home for women's football

Looking forward: Western Bulldogs Womenâ??s team and the Footscray Bulldogs VFL team members (left to right)  Lauren Arnell, Lin Jong, Aasta Oâ??Connor and Jason Tutt welcome the boost to Whitten Oval.

Caroline Wilson A $1.5 million upgrade of the Whitten Oval will transform the ground into the Victorian showcase for women's football, the fastest growing Australian Rules competition in the country.

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Craig Kelly blasts AFL's 'public service-style bureaucracy'

The Brownlow Medal ceremony at Crown Casino in 2013. Craig Kelly wants it to be held at the end of the first week of a two-week grand final process.

Caroline Wilson Influential sports agent Craig Kelly has called for an audit of the expanding AFL industry.

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...

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.

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

Taylor Walker believes relaxed player movement rules will harm the competition.

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...

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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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Neale Daniher's biggest battle

Neale Daniher's last game as Melbourne coach.

Caroline Wilson You may or may not locate Neale Daniher's familiar face at the MCG today in the West Coast coaches' box.

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Mick Malthouse confronted umpire over contentious free kick

Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has played down a pre-game incident during round two in which Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

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Buddy lucky that no one was hurt in latest driving mishap

Franklin has had a troubled start to his AFL stint with the Swans.

Caroline Wilson It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.

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How Gillon McLachlan got to be the AFL's No. 1

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan's journey to the AFL's top job can be charted back to the day some 18 months ago that he sat opposite his old boss Andrew Demetriou with his head in his hands unable to speak.

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Tiger tales: the powers behind the glories of Tom Hafey's years at Richmond

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Caroline Wilson One of Tom Hafey’s premiership players pointed out on Friday that in the week of Hafey’s death the Richmond coaching legend has never seemed more alive.

Lyall Gorman in frame to replace Greg Swann at Carlton

Carlton chief executive Greg Swann.

Caroline Wilson One of the most dynamic bosses in Australian soccer, short-listed for the vacant CEO's position at Brisbane Lions, has also entered the frame to replace Greg Swann at Carlton.

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Freo pays extra $50,000 to play

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has refused to pay the additional cost of a chartered flight that brought the Fremantle players and support staff to Melbourne.

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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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Last hurrah? Let's hear it for the fans

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Predicting the timing of Andrew Demetriou's departure from a job that his influence and pay packet suggests is the most powerful in Australian sport has been a fruitless game that has accompanied the...