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.


AFL charter inoffensive, generic and mildly disappointing

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...


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.


Gillon McLachlan starts AFL reshuffle

Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson The first significant reshuffle of the Gillon McLachlan regime is set to take place within days, with AFL Victoria chief Grant Williams to move into a newly created senior role overseeing the state...

Cost-cutting gives umps the hump

AFL umpires

Caroline Wilson Prospect of trialling full-time umpires could fall victim to AFL's savage cost-cutting campaign.

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Clubs get their wish: one of their own at the AFL


Caroline Wilson The truth is that Andrew Demetriou needed a good announcement and he got one.

Longmire lays down the lore

John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson Sydney’s premiership coach has told AFL commissioners how the Swans won the 2012 flag – and of his fears for the game under proposed rule changes.


Revisiting past controversy on racial taunts


Caroline Wilson Tony Shaw's comments on racism in 1991 have haunted him down the years.


Bomber five admit Dank drugs link

Testing times: Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin (left) and coach James Hird have been questioned by ASADA.

Caroline Wilson Five Essendon staffers, including James Hird's personal assistant, have admitted to the AFL and ASADA that they were treated last year by Stephen Dank with a variety of injections and oral...

Tirade may cost Roo coach

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott with captain Andrew Swallow yesterday.

Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane Brad Scott could be sanctioned for his quarter-time tirade aimed at GWS's James McDonald..

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.

Game divided over Mifsud, Rendell


Caroline Wilson Football and Australia lost their great Irish recruit Jim Stynes this week.

Tigers may challenge umpire abuse fine

Richmond’s Dustin Martin tries to break a tackle during the loss to Fremantle.

Caroline Wilson Long-time club trainer adamant cheating accusation not directed towards field umpires.

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AFL, Blues are all a'Twitter

Carlton's Brock McLean

Caroline Wilson In the case of Brock McLean and his misguided tweet, the Blues were absolutely right in refusing to suspend him.

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