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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Last hurrah? Let's hear it for the fans

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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Sydney is fighting to retain its cost-of-living allowance

Sydney Swans intra club match.

Caroline Wilson The Sydney Swans are mounting a case to preserve the contentious cost-of-living allowance.

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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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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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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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Stars in anti-abuse push

The Adam Goodes incident has put the issue of abuse during AFL matches in the limelight.

Caroline Wilson AFL fast-tracks scoreboard campaign in which star footballers will appeal to fans to stop abusing players.

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Swans 'bewildered' by McGuire's gaffe

Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson Adam Goodes has eventually accepted an apology from Eddie McGuire after lengthy conversations between Goodes, Sydney chiefs and McGuire himself over radio host's inappropriate reference about using...

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Final, inexplicable insult rubs salt into Swan's raw wounds

Goodes

Caroline Wilson If Swans veteran Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had ever seen him.

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Slip or a slur, McGuire enrages Swans

Eddie McGuire on radio.

Caroline Wilson If Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had seen him.

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Swans unite behind gutted victim Goodes

Swans coach John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson and Jesse Hogan After a week in which Adam Goodes has twice found himself at the centre of a racial vilification controversy, Sydney Swans coach John Longmire said the Brownlow medallist would need some support to...

Face it, Eddie is one of the AFL's untouchables

Eddie McGuire

Caroline Wilson If Eddie McGuire's mindless and zoned-out media moment taught us anything then surely the obvious lesson is that some individuals in this great game remain greater than the game itself.

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Blood brothers

Adam Goodes and Swans coach John Longmire share a moment during training this week.

Caroline Wilson The Swans, from coach John Longmire to the president and players, are united as one behind a shattered Adam Goodes.

McGuire needed to shut up

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Caroline Wilson If the AFL or his radio bosses couldn't silence him, Eddie McGuire should have taken himself off air - at least until next week.

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Goodes, the bad and the ugly: a week of heartache

Goodes

Caroline Wilson ANYONE doubting the influence Adam Goodes holds over the Sydney Swans and the reverence they hold for him only had to be at the club on Wednesday in the hours that followed Eddie McGuire's racial...

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Milne faces four charges of rape

Stephen Milne of St Kilda.

Caroline Wilson Stephen Milne charged with four counts of rape dating back to an incident involving a 19-year-old girl in 2004.

'Never say die' pays big time for Swans

AFL Grand Final 2012 at The MCG , Hawthorn v Sydney Swans , Jude Bolton celebrates with fans Saturday 29th of September 2012 , Photo Pat Scala The Age

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.

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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Tigers clawing back Edwards

Shane Edwards.

Caroline Wilson Richmond's Shane Edwards embroiled in tug-of-war between Tigers and indigenous All-Stars team in the lead-up to Friday's exhibition game in Alice Springs.

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The agony before and after the ecstasy

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Caroline Wilson Mitch Morton's football story, like most fairytales, has a deeper, darker side, one which he accepts will haunt him for the rest of his life.