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.

Brenton Sanderson failed to win Mark Ricciuto's heart

Former Crows coach Brenton Sanderson: dismissed after three seasons at Adelaide.

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

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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

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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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Visitors fail to breach the 'Portress'

Disappointed Tiger: Jack Riewoldt.

Caroline Wilson Exactly one year ago, just as Port Adelaide was winning its first final under Ken Hinkley, the Adelaide Oval too was looming as a promising piece of work but one still very much in progress.

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.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

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.

Richmond president says team must be better

Eight wins in a row, but Richmond president Peggy O'Neal isn't counting any chickens.

Caroline Wilson Peggy O'Neal says winning run will not ‘blind’ club.

Essendon, AFL consider voluntary suspensions for players

Paul Little:

Caroline Wilson AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan suggested the Essendon players facing show-cause notices from ASADA for their involvement in the 2012 supplements saga could seek voluntary suspensions.

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.

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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Little all wrong to call for club's woes to 'go away'

Caroline Wilson Making sense of Essendon's reasoning as it continues to fend off all comers in its fight to run its football club with players free of doping sanctions is difficult enough for students of the whole...

Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

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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...

Cameron Ling puts full-time coaching aspirations on hold

Cameron Ling

Caroline Wilson Cameron Ling has shelved his full-time coaching aspirations – at least for the short term – and will remain at Channel Seven in a commentary role despite a number of senior assistant...

Timing of priority pick request as ill-judged as the decision to seek one

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Caroline Wilson The political layers beneath Melbourne's poorly timed decision to apply for a 2014 priority pick appear as complex as the national draft that the AFL is working to simplify.

Mark Thompson the only coach to hold on to $5000 development subsidy

Mark Thompson is resisting the AFLCA push.

Caroline Wilson The cash-strapped AFL Coaches' Association has convinced all but one of the 18 senior club coaches to each sacrifice a $5000 professional development subsidy in a bid to restore the organisation's...

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...