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.


Collingwood's Nick Maxwell to mark 200th game

Caroline Wilson Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013. It had not been the happiest of seasons, and the outgoing Collingwood captain believed he had had enough of football and that the feeling was mutual.

Last season was nearly Nick Maxwell's last

Caroline Wilson Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013.


Richmond a team in turmoil

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Jack Riewoldt's decision to break ranks on Wednesday has angered his club and placed even more pressure on his beleaguered coach Damian Hardwick.

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Richmond has leading questions after Jack Riewoldt loses role

Caroline Wilson Richmond's on-field showing will define the year, not the make-up of its leadership group.


Leppitsch the new Lions coach

Justin Leppitsch.

Caroline Wilson Triple Brisbane premiership defender's apointment confirmed by the club.

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The stress test


Caroline Wilson All AFL coaches will deal with pressure their own way, or be dealt with.


Facelift for AFL rule team

Mark Evans.

Caroline Wilson AFL proposes overhaul of Laws of the Games Committee, with league's new football boss having detected club disenchantment with the rules process.

Ablett's aspect brightens


Caroline Wilson Gary Ablett has grown in his role at Gold Coast to the great benefit of the young club.

Colless in battle with depression

Richard Colless

Caroline Wilson Affliction threatened to lead to him stepping down from the club in 2010.

Colless clears shadows


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


AFL rails at fitness as a growth industry

Caroline Wilson The bad blood between AFL boss Andrew Demetriou and football's inflationary sports science industry is still flowing and in some areas running deep.

Suns hope to see a Blight new dawn

Malcolm Blight.

Jared Lynch, Caroline Wilson and Will Brodie Dual Adelaide premiership coach will now oversee Suns coach Guy McKenna.


Holidays to bump best and fairest


Caroline Wilson AFL clubs on verge of significant dispute with players over best and fairest presentations.

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AFL disgusted as Roos unloads again

Paul Roos

Caroline Wilson It would be simplistic to say Paul Roos' opinions coloured by grudge against Andrew Demetriou.

AFL heartened by injury figures

James Podsiadly suffers a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the grand final.

Caroline Wilson AFL players suffered fewer hamstring and groin injuries last season than for at least two decades.

AFL's cultural challenge

Liam Jurrah

Caroline Wilson The culture shock many indigenous players endure may have been underestimated.


Mistakes, I've made a few

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has admitted mistakes in the troubled birth of Greater Western Sydney.

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The son rises in a new era at Tigerland

Steven Morris with his father, Kevin, who also played for the Tigers.

Caroline Wilson Tonight, in front of an expected 80,000 people at the MCG, Steven Morris will make his AFL debut against his father's old enemy, Carlton.

What becomes of the broken hearted?


Caroline Wilson The much-vaunted Magpie 'handover' has become personal.

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Magpies opt for Port Douglas


Caroline Wilson Collingwood will head to Port Douglas for a mid-season break next week and will not repeat last year's exercise of sending injured footballers to Arizona in a bid to improve its playing stocks in...