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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Dean Bailey remembered as a straight-shooter

Caroline Wilson Dean Bailey's premature death on the eve of the 2014 AFL season has provoked so many mixed emotions and demanded some reflection on the tumultuous events that punctuated his final years in the game...

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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.

Push to remove Danny Frawley from coaches job

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Push to remove 'coach' Frawley

AFLCA CEO Danny Frawley

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Pressure builds on Frawley

Danny Frawley.

Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will not like this column. A political animal from way back - and he needed to be during his nine years captaining St Kilda and five as coach of Richmond - as well as one of the games...

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Patrick Dangerfield looking forward to surf and (home) turf

Patrick Dangerfield (right) with Matt Crouch (left) and James Podsiadly during an Adelaide training session at AAMI Stadium on Wednesday.

Caroline Wilson Patrick Dangerfield did not attempt to contain his excitement at the prospect of the immediate journey at hand.

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Dons need to take a reality check

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson There is every suggestion Essendon remains determined to fight any harsh punishment from the AFL.

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The $600,000 man

Under the pump: Mark Neeld drives away from the MCG.

Caroline Wilson Peter Jackson steps in to give Demons coach Mark Neeld temporary reprieve.

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Blind faith in Hird must fray as drugs saga rolls on

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Caroline Wilson While the club appears to be maintaining its faith in Hird, the tough decision would seem to rest in the hands of the AFL.

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Tanking affair darkens for Dees

Cameron Schwab.

Caroline Wilson Several key witnesses have come forward as the AFL investigates the Demons for tanking.

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Senior Demons drove tanking

The Melbourne 'vault'

Caroline Wilson AFL uncovers secret meeting involving at least 15 Melbourne members in which coaches were reminded of the importance of forfeiting matches in order to gain early draft picks.

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Secrets from 'the vault'

Caroline Wilson It should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Melbourne play football in 2009 to learn that the club deliberately manipulated games of football.

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Demons unleashed over tanking

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Caroline Wilson ANGRY Melbourne footballers formed a deputation and met club officials in a bid to overturn the tanking policy of 2009 only to be told the club was ''staying the course'' in order to gain early draft...

'We tried to stop tanking'

Melbourne players after losing to Richmond in 2009.

Caroline Wilson Angry Melbourne footballers made a bid to overturn the tanking policy of 2009.

Jobs on line: Dees warned

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Caroline Wilson Senior Melbourne football official reportedly said jobs could go if team did not gain priority pick.

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Demons and league on collision course

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Caroline Wilson An explosive and costly legal stoush is looming between the AFL and the Melbourne Football Club as the league's investigation into the tanking affair continues to aggressively interview and...

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AFL looks at former Demon fitness coach

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Caroline Wilson Official the latest target of the AFL's investigation into the tanking affair of 2009.

Demons' lame-duck excuses

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne lost games on purpose and should be punished accordingly.

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Muck-up to be a stain on Demons

Caroline Wilson Tanking is a sensitive issue, particularly for Melbourne people who know how badly the club botched its attempts to gain early draft picks - and how the club botched the results.

Dees push to have fine halved

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne remains hopeful of diluting its expected $500,000 fine due to alleged tanking.