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.


Players to preach respect


Caroline Wilson AFL stars will be commandeered to deliver personal appeals to fans to stop abusing players during games, with those pleas potentially broadcast before each game on the scoreboards at all venues.


AFL aims for indigenous all-stars trip to Ireland

Steven Verrier of the Tigers is tackled during the exhibition match between the Richmond Tigers and the Indigenous All-Stars at Traeger Park in Alice Springs earlier this year. The game was not televised.

Caroline Wilson Cautious support from clubs, cream of indigenous talent pledges to take part.

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AFL's cultural challenge

Liam Jurrah

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

Top player agent may quit game


Caroline Wilson Alex McDonald has guided the fortunes of players ranging from Andrew Lovett to Aaron Davey.

Davey at centre of storm

Mark Neeld and Aaron Davey.

Caroline Wilson Melbourne's most senior indigenous footballer emerges at centre of discredited allegations regarding his new coach, Mark Neeld.

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Grand old stoush: Demons take on AFL

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 04:  Coach Mark Neeld jokes with Aaron Davey during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at AAMI Park on April 4, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Caroline Wilson Relations between the AFL and Melbourne Football Club became rather testy yesterday.


Dark days turn darker for bedevilled Demons


Caroline Wilson It's hard to believe matters have gotten even worse for Mark Neeld from six days ago.

Facing up to Demon days

Mark Neeld

Caroline Wilson Mark Neeld spent his last season as an assistant coach looking after Collingwood's midfield. At least that was the on-paper description.

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This was no misunderstanding


Caroline Wilson There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the ''greater good''. Jason Mifsud felt bad about his mate Matt Rendell losing his job but had seen fit to expose his racist comments for the...


Demons want Schwab to stay

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson Melbourne will move to retain the services of its chief executive Cameron Schwab.


Agents in bitter split

Player agent Alex McDonald.

Caroline Wilson A bitter split in the AFL player management ranks could be headed for court, with player agent Alex McDonald accused of poaching 35 players and a key staffer from Glenn Archer's Stride Management...

Date with disaster


Caroline Wilson Perfect storm that wiped out Melbourne as it was, took place at Geelong's Kardinia Park on Saturday, July 30, 2011.

Bombers deny snub to Mifsud

Jason Mifsud.

Caroline Wilson Essendon denies Michael Long behind not inviting Jason Mifsud to Dreamtime game.


Dee-cision on the run

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld

Caroline Wilson Melbourne admits it rushed to appoint Mark Neeld in the face of perceived competition from rival clubs.

Pies boss wary of academy

Eddie McGuire: seeking to avoid controversy.

Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire will seek reassurance before accepting chairmanship of $15 million Aboriginal academy.

Symbolism v substance


Caroline Wilson Feud between Michael Long and Jason Mifsud dates back much longer than Aaron Davey affair.