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.

James Hird will be removed as Essendon coach in coming days

Caroline Wilson James Hird will be removed as coach of Essendon in the coming days, with the first stage of his removal having taken place on Wednesday when the outgoing club legend was given the opportunity to...

Skipper, star Magpies quick to fly to Buckley's defence

Behind Buckley: Scott Pendlebury.

Caroline Wilson The notion that Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has 'lost the players' is a fabrication, according to his captain Scott Pendlebury.

James Hird facing the axe at Thursday board meeting

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson James Hird’s decision to defy his club and potentially prolong his players’ anti-doping battle in appealing last month’s Federal Court decision looks to have ended his coaching...

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Adelaide to meet Hawthorn assistant Brendon Bolton

Brendon Bolton

Caroline Wilson Adelaide has moved on Hawthorn's Brendon Bolton with the Hawks' assistant coach understood to have travelled from Melbourne today to present to Mark Ricciuto and the Crows' coaching panel.

Hawthorn demolishes soft Swans in AFL grand final

The moment of triumph: Hawthorn players raise their arms in jubilation as the final siren sounds on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson There was a telling moment late in the third quarter of Hawthorn's 63-point erasure of the Sydney Swans at the MCG that spoke to the build-up, the soap opera and the climax of the quest for...

Paddy Ryder settles on Port Adelaide as preferred new home

Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder has chosen Port Adelaide as his new home.

Chris Fagan the unsung powerbroker at Hawthorn

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Caroline Wilson The former Demon football boss has helped his new team to a grand final.

Fate of Guy McKenna and Brenton Sanderson shows shift in power base

Suns coach Guy McKenna

Caroline Wilson Far from feeling rushed or even emboldened by Adelaide's clumsy handling of the dismissal of coach Brenton Sanderson, Gold Coast should regard the Crows' actions as a cautionary tale.

Essendon players ready to listen to ASADA deal offers

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson The 34 past and present Essendon players facing anti-doping bans will distance themselves from any further legal manoeuvring by the Bombers, with some now contemplating a deal with ASADA in a bid to...

Bombers face crippling legal bill after court orders club to pay costs

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Caroline Wilson Essendon faces a massive legal bill after losing its Federal Court challenge against the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Essendon pays for misguided approach

Caroline Wilson

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.

Adelaide, now a not so great club

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Caroline Wilson Clumsy handling of Brenton Sanderson's departure went from bad to worse as the Crows' moved to minimise the damage when it became clear they had sacked their coach but had no ready replacement as...

Brenton Sanderson failed to win Mark Ricciuto's heart

Adelaide football director Mark Ricciuto.

Caroline Wilson Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson was sacked after he failed to win the faith of the club’s influential football director Mark Ricciuto.

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Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Caroline Wilson Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another...

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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Brisbane keen to add roar appeal with lion at games

Lion

Caroline Wilson The Brisbane Lions have taken a determined lead from the AFL’s push to dress up its home games and are looking to secure a live lion to parade on the Gabba arena before each local fixture.

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Craig Kelly blasts AFL's 'public service-style bureaucracy'

The Brownlow Medal ceremony at Crown Casino in 2013. Craig Kelly wants it to be held at the end of the first week of a two-week grand final process.

Caroline Wilson Influential sports agent Craig Kelly has called for an audit of the expanding AFL industry.

Saints in line to go marching back to Junction Oval after AFL brokers complex deal

Junction oval

Caroline Wilson The AFL has pledged $10 million to secure the return of St Kilda to its suburban heartland.

The comeback of Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey

Caroline Wilson To the uninitiated it would seem that Wayne Carey's so-called resurrection says as much about forgiveness being the second nature of football.