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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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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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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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

Saints closer to heading home

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Caroline Wilson The romantic notion of the St Kilda Football Club returning home to the Junction Oval has moved one step closer to reality following top-level talks between the AFL and the Victorian government.

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Saints closer to heading home to Junction Oval

Saints looking to train at Junction Oval

Caroline Wilson The romantic notion of the St Kilda Football Club returning home to the Junction Oval has moved one step closer to reality following top-level talks between the AFL and the Victorian government.

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Geelong's Brian Cook would consider AFL CEO role if approached

Brian Cook.

Caroline Wilson Geelong chief Brian Cook has admitted he would ''think about'' the AFL CEO's position if he was approached, with Richmond boss Brendon Gale already understood to be a candidate for the role soon to...

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Giants still reeling at John Quinn's battle with encephalitis

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Caroline Wilson At a time when sports science had become a dirty word in the AFL, one of the industry's greatest defenders and pioneers in Australian rules began a private battle of his own.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little gives James and Tania Hird final warning

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Caroline Wilson James Hird has survived as Essendon’s coach in exile having been delivered what appears to have been a final warning from the Bombers board.

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Senior Bombers tell James Hird to put aside anger

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's senior players have requested James Hird put aside his personal angst and allow the Bombers to focus on the 2014 season without provoking reminders of the events which led to Hird's and...

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Bombers need to sever ties with James Hird

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Caroline Wilson Essendon Football Club can never truly put the past behind it until it severs its ties with James Hird.

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AFL chairman needs to show leadership

Caroline Wilson That the AFL season's opening has been hijacked by the Hird family is beyond dispute.

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Tania Hird could be summoned by Essendon board

James and Tania Hird are in a public row with Essendon.

Caroline Wilson James Hird has attempted to distance himself from a series of scathing attacks on the AFL launched by his family in recent days as his coaching career hung in the balance.

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Game was 'ambushed': Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson calls for sweeping reforms to AFL coaching ranks to block any repeat of Essendon supplements scandal.

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Last hurrah? Let's hear it for the fans

Andrew Demetriou.

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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Commission will investigate AFL's handling of Essendon saga

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief admits he could have played a more meaningful role in prolonged and compromised negotiations with Essendon that included the administrative oversight that allowed suspended coach James Hird...

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AFL, power clubs ready for showdown over equalisation

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire is leading the charge against a tax on club revenues.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou and his team will try to push through new Robin Hood-style taxes to reshape competition.

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Poor clubs can't win flags, says Alan Richardson

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Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane There appears no end in sight to the radical bid by the competition's chiefs to create a more even competition.

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Essendon chairman says Hird will return 'a better person'

Essendon coach James Hird and Chairman Paul Little

Caroline Wilson Essendon chairman Paul Little concedes he faced a difficult task convincing Hird to move on.