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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Tanking affair darkens for Dees

Caroline Wilson Several key witnesses have come forward as the AFL investigates the Demons for tanking.

Senior Demons drove tanking

The Melbourne 'vault'

Caroline Wilson AFL uncovers secret meeting involving at least 15 Melbourne members in which coaches were reminded of the importance of forfeiting matches in order to gain early draft picks.

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Demons unleashed over tanking

AFL

Caroline Wilson ANGRY Melbourne footballers formed a deputation and met club officials in a bid to overturn the tanking policy of 2009 only to be told the club was ''staying the course'' in order to gain early draft...

'We tried to stop tanking'

Melbourne players after losing to Richmond in 2009.

Caroline Wilson Angry Melbourne footballers made a bid to overturn the tanking policy of 2009.

AFL works on tanking in revamp

Chris Connolly

Caroline Wilson The AFL is working to outlaw the insidious practice commonly known as tanking in the recognition that it had no specific rule to cover its findings from the six-month Melbourne investigation.

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

Caroline Wilson dinkus Dinkus

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

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan was the AFL's deal maker long before he became the competition's most powerful executive.

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

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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I always put the players first: Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's successor could be named in the next two months.

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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...

Push to remove Danny Frawley from coaches job

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Push to remove 'coach' Frawley

AFLCA CEO Danny Frawley

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Pressure builds on Frawley

Danny Frawley.

Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will not like this column. A political animal from way back - and he needed to be during his nine years captaining St Kilda and five as coach of Richmond - as well as one of the games...

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AFL needs firm hand on tiller - now

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's departure from the AFL's top job has moved significantly closer as the interview process has begun to unearth his replacement.

Frawley under pressure

Caroline Wilson The AFL Coaches’ Association is facing the most significant crossroad in its short existence and Frawley is by extension under pressure.

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Gillon McLachlan gets nod as AFL chief

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan will be announced as the AFL's new CEO this morning, with a press conference on the matter expected at 11am.

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

Gillon McLachlan

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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Secrets from 'the vault'

The Melbourne 'vault'

Caroline Wilson It should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Melbourne play football in 2009 to learn that the club deliberately manipulated games of football.

Current Demons unaffected by tank turmoil: Clark

Mitch Clark

Adam Cooper and Caroline Wilson Melbourne forward Mitch Clark says the tanking investigation circling his club is having no impact on the players as they prepare for the 2013 season.

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