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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I always put the players first: Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's successor could be named in the next two months.

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Dean Bailey remembered as a straight-shooter

Dean Bailey

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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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

Melbourne Football Club

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

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Demons: shock & awful

Demons co-captains Jack Trengove and Jack Grimes lead their team on to the ground.

Caroline Wilson In the context of what has emerged in recent weeks in the form of evidence being put forward and corroborated by a number of witnesses, ''pathetic and disgusting'' sums up the situation at the...

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Demons and league on collision course

Demons

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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Demons cleared, guilty, fined

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Caroline Wilson In the end it all came down to one meeting in July 2009 in an old tin shed at the Junction Oval known as ''the vault''.

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Schwab, designated fall guy, walks plank

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson Decision to sack Melbourne chief executive was made late on Saturday night.

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Ailing Dees to put case to AFL Commission

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne's bid for an AFL-funded multi-million dollar restructure comes with the club still struggling to lure an experienced football boss and uncertainty lingering over the replacement for...

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The Xavier network

Caroline Wilson From grand final players to off-field powerbrokers, Xavier has the lot when it comes to AFL.

'Jim accepted his place and embraced the intoxicating influence he exerted over his chosen passions'

Caroline Wilson He was 18, wearing a massive grin and a Gaelic football blazer when I first met him.

Football

Mistakes, I've made a few

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou has admitted mistakes in the troubled birth of Greater Western Sydney.

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Game divided over Mifsud, Rendell

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Caroline Wilson Football and Australia lost their great Irish recruit Jim Stynes this week.

Davey at centre of storm

Mark Neeld and Aaron Davey.

Caroline Wilson Melbourne's most senior indigenous footballer emerges at centre of discredited allegations regarding his new coach, Mark Neeld.

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Dark days turn darker for bedevilled Demons

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Caroline Wilson It's hard to believe matters have gotten even worse for Mark Neeld from six days ago.

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Demons want Schwab to stay

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson Melbourne will move to retain the services of its chief executive Cameron Schwab.