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.

Black Caviar says neigh to grand final gig

Black Caviar

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.

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.

AFL has rethink on grand final acts

Meat Loaf

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

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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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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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Fears over AFL future of GWS Giants captain Phil Davis

Phil Davis competes for the ball.

Caroline Wilson Phil Davis remains in hospital after suffering a kidney injury during the Giants' historic win on Saturday.

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Andrew Demetriou kicked goals - and behinds

CEO of the AFL Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson It was during an early February afternoon tea in New York, overlooking a snow-covered Central Park, that Andrew Demetriou's resignation from Australian sport's most powerful job became official.

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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...

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Franklin deal uncovers depth of animosity between Sydney rivals

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Caroline Wilson IN just three short weeks since his part in Hawthorn's 11th premiership, Lance ''Buddy'' Franklin has redrawn the AFL landscape and made a genuine claim that one player can actually prove himself...

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Buddy the game changer

Buddy Franklin.

Caroline Wilson Franklin's Sydney move and his attitude to the Irish tour has damaged the AFL.

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Hawks fly flag in Tasmania

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Caroline Wilson Hawthorn will launch the defence of its premiership in Tasmania.

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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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St Kilda: a club in crisis

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Caroline Wilson While the Scott Watters debacle has proved the headline issue, it remains just one of so many unresolved problems.

Pre-season final set to go

One for history: Brisbane's coach Michael Voss and captain Jonathan Brown hold the 2013 NAB cup at Etihad Stadium in March.

Caroline Wilson Brisbane appears to have secured place in AFL history as game's last pre-season premiers.

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AFL threat a blow to Matthews

Angus Johnson.

Caroline Wilson The AFL appears to have thrown its support behind Lions chairman Angus Johnson with three-time premiership coach Leigh Matthews now in serious doubt to return to the club and serve on the board.

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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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Hawks atone but Freo set for return

Caroline Wilson The ball was dribbling towards the AFL members' wing in a swirling wind at the moment Hawthorn atoned for 2012.

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Bombers push for Daniher as boss

Essendon's famous four: (from left) Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher with legendary coach Kevin Sheedy (centre) in 2009.

Caroline Wilson Essendon targets Neale Daniher as it sets about rebuilding the club.

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Swans say no to Roos, Dew stays

Happier times: Sydney coach Paul Roos and chairman Richard Colless.

Caroline Wilson Sydney blocks Paul Roos' bid to anoint Stuart Dew as coach-in-waiting at Melbourne.

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