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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Former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou appointed to Bastion Group board

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.

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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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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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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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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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Steven Trigg's appointment as Carlton chief executive a victory for second chances

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Caroline Wilson Steven Trigg's emergence as the new boss of one of Australian football's most famous clubs will be seen by less generous AFL observers as yet another victory for the boys' club.

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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...

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan opts for low-key approach ahead of testing times

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Caroline Wilson Little more than a month since assuming the so-called most powerful job in Australian sport, Gillon McLachlan looks headed for the shortest honeymoon period since Ross Oakley took over the then VFL...

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Full-time CEO, skills boost in coaching changes

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and Richmond coach Damien Hardwick arrive.

Caroline Wilson Premiership coaches Alastair Clarkson and John Longmire along with Fremantle's Ross Lyon have stepped onto the coaches' board.

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Brian Cook's philosophy for a better AFL

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Caroline Wilson Geelong chief executive Brian Cook turns 60 at then end of this year and by any definition must be regarded the most successful club boss in the competition.

AFL and ASADA no longer bedfellows

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The joint venture between the AFL and ASADA that angered the NRL and raised eyebrows among the Australian Olympic movement appears to have irrevocably split.

Swans' cost-of-living allowance on way out, but rent subsidy on way in

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Caroline Wilson Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance will be removed by the start of the 2017 season but the AFL will compensate the Swans with a new rent subsidy allowance which the league will pay...

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Stadium issues rile AFL, clubs

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's parting shot at the MCG on Friday underlines the AFL's long history of hostility with the game's spiritual home.

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Greg Swann to stand down as Carlton CEO

AFL arlton CEO Greg Swann arrives for the AFL drug summit.30th January 2013 Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Caroline Wilson and Samantha Lane In a profound mid-season leadership overhaul for Carlton, Greg Swann is set to stand down as club CEO next month, on Stephen Kernahan’s final day as president.

Greg Swann stands down as Carlton CEO

Greg Swann.

Caroline Wilson and Samantha Lane Carlton chief executive Greg Swann has resigned and will leave the club in the middle of June alongside outgoing president Stephen Kernahan.