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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Recruiting Lance Franklin a 'bad move', says GWS boss

Caroline Wilson Greater Western Sydney pushes for the AFL to cut its financial support of the Swans.

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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy...

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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

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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...

AFL hold on Swans' extra cash

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has wrested control of Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance away from the Swans and ensured the club's richest footballers no longer receive extra money outside the standard salary...

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Fears over AFL future of GWS Giants captain Phil Davis

Phil Davis competes for the ball.

Caroline Wilson Phil Davis remains in hospital after suffering a kidney injury during the Giants' historic win on Saturday.

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Sydney's Dan Hannebery warned about off-field behaviour

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Caroline Wilson Sydney officials warned Dan Hannebery in December about his off-field behaviour after becoming concerned about repeated reports linked to the All-Australian midfielder.

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Buddy lucky that no one was hurt in latest driving mishap

Franklin has had a troubled start to his AFL stint with the Swans.

Caroline Wilson It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.

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Anzac eve game wouldn't detract from Pies-Bombers clash, says Peter Jackson

An Anzac Day eve game to precede the annual match between Essendon and Collingwood is

Caroline Wilson and Daniel Cherny Melbourne boss Peter Jackson said on Friday it was ridiculous to suggest an Anzac eve clash between the Demons and Richmond would detract from Collingwood and Essendon's two-decade hold on Anzac Day...

Swans' cost-of-living allowance on way out, but rent subsidy on way in

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Caroline Wilson Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance will be removed by the start of the 2017 season but the AFL will compensate the Swans with a new rent subsidy allowance which the league will pay...

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Sydney is fighting to retain its cost-of-living allowance

Sydney Swans intra club match.

Caroline Wilson The Sydney Swans are mounting a case to preserve the contentious cost-of-living allowance.

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Buddy offer off the table

Lance Franklin.

Caroline Wilson Hawthorn begins to envisage a future without its champion forward.

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Pre-season picks 'a circus'

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Caroline Wilson Radical plan to introduce a ''captains' pick'' representative game on eve of 2014 season slammed as ''circus and a sideshow'' by one club chairman.

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The Xavier network

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

Fans witness a great heist on grand final day

Tripping the light: Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh hoist aloft the cup of dreams.

Caroline Wilson Most premierships are foregone conclusions by the time living minutes become dying seconds in the twilight of grand final day. Many are anti-climactic and usually the short-priced favourite gets up.

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Tigers clawing back Edwards

Shane Edwards.

Caroline Wilson Richmond's Shane Edwards embroiled in tug-of-war between Tigers and indigenous All-Stars team in the lead-up to Friday's exhibition game in Alice Springs.

Wobbly Franklin does himself few favours at grand prix

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Lance Franklin of the Hawks celebrates kicking a goal during the First AFL Qualifying Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 7, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Caroline Wilson An incoherent and out-of-sorts Lance Franklin raised eyebrows and later incurred the wrath of his club when he stumbled into a corporate suite at last weekend's Melbourne Grand Prix where AFL chief...

Two tribes go to war

Trent Cotchin and Marc Murphy.

Caroline Wilson Young leaders will be chasing old glories in Melbourne season opener.

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Franklin off course at grand prix

Lance Franklin.

Caroline Wilson Incoherent and out-of-sorts Lance Franklin stumbled into corporate suite at Melbourne GP.

Buddy shoots himself in foot

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Caroline Wilson Lance Franklin's crazy decision to take hostage of Hawks' season suddenly seems increasingly risky for him.