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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Andrew Demetriou denies rumours of extended leave

Andrew Demetriou says he has never understood the concept of remaining at work until late at night.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has denied suggestions he has booked extended leave from late next month, despite growing speculation the outgoing CEO will be gone from the job by the middle of the season.

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AFL must re-think ticketing: Andrew Demetriou

Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn game attracted the AFL’s biggest attendance for the season to date.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has admitted that the AFL must go back to the drawing board in a bid to rebrand and simplify its complex and wildly unpopular variable ticketing system.

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Former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou appointed to Bastion Group board

Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has accepted his first board position since departing the AFL becoming a shareholder of the Bastion Group, a sports marketing company which helps broker sponsorship deals for large...

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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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Andrew Demetriou kicked goals - and behinds

CEO of the AFL Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson It was during an early February afternoon tea in New York, overlooking a snow-covered Central Park, that Andrew Demetriou's resignation from Australian sport's most powerful job became official.

Richmond's Brendon Gale may be the man to replace AFL boss Andrew Demetriou

Brendon Gale

Caroline Wilson The AFL Players Association has become rightly cautious about its now well-deserved reputation as a pathway to executive positions within the competition.

Essendon pays for misguided approach

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Caroline Wilson The bad advice that has punctuated Essendon’s handling of its drug scandal since David Evans departed almost 14 months ago has been exposed in an emphatic, costly way in the Federal Court.

When James Hird caught up with a few of his fellow senior coaches

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson James Hird's breakthrough first meeting with a somewhat threadbare group of senior AFL coaches underlined again the exiled Bomber's deep personal dislike of Andrew Demetriou and a threatening regime...

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The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

Beverly Knight denies challenge to Essendon board

Beverly Knight herself gave Essendon two years' notice and nominated Paul Little to succeed her when she stepped down in 2011.

Caroline Wilson Trail-blazing AFL club director Beverly Knight has assured Essendon she has no intention of mounting a challenge against the Bombers' board.

Eighteen months and James Hird still doesn't get it

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Caroline Wilson It remains less and less likely that James Hird will get the chance to redeem himself.

AFL's deal-maker Gillon McLachlan will be worth listening to

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

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Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The MCG's move to host four of international soccer's most glamorous clubs in a three-game competition in the middle of a traditional AFL Melbourne winter comes one decade almost to the day that the...

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Tigers and Sydney in the money

Richmond v Sydney Swans

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan has unveiled his vision for a more open and collaborative AFL in his first meeting with the 18 club chiefs.

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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy...

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AFL moves to win back fans

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has established a blueprint to win back Victorian fans, admitting that the MCG and Etihad Stadium no longer set the benchmark as match-day venues and that the game's heartland has suffered...

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AFL, MCG and Etihad working towards a brighter future

A crowd of up to 75,000 is expected at the MCG tonight.

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan’s admission that the AFL had not worked closely enough with its two biggest stadiums has been warmly welcomed by both the MCG and Etihad with the relatively new Docklands...

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No 'bloc' but northern CEOs to discuss challenges

Swans chief Andrew Ireland.

Caroline Wilson Swans chief Andrew Ireland has convened a Tuesday night meeting of the four northern AFL clubs to thrash out challenges exclusive to Australian football in Sydney and southern Queensland on the eve...

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AFL charter inoffensive, generic and mildly disappointing

Caroline Wilson

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...

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Ian Collins predicted Port Adelaide would go broke in three years under Adelaide Oval deal

Both the Crows and the Power were alarmed at the high costs and low match returns from early season games.

Caroline Wilson Former Etihad Stadium boss Ian Collins advised Port Adelaide against signing the contentious Adelaide Oval agreement, warning chairman David Koch that the club would be broke within three seasons...