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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Mick Malthouse confronted umpire over contentious free kick

Caroline Wilson The AFL has played down a pre-game incident during round two in which Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

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Blues' messy board handover close to completion

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Caroline Wilson Stephen Kernahan's reign at Carlton for all intents and purposes has finished. Within a fortnight one of the messier and more protracted board handovers will finally be completed when the relatively...

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Malthouse can rebuild Carlton, says Stephen Kernahan

In happier times: Stephen Kernahan welcomes Mick Malthouse to the club back in September 2012.

Caroline Wilson Carlton president Stephen Kernahan has backed Mick Malthouse to rebuild the struggling Blues, conceding his club was ''a fair way off'' the top four.

Last season was nearly Nick Maxwell's last

Caroline Wilson Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013.

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell to mark 200th game

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Caroline Wilson Nick Maxwell almost retired at the end of 2013. It had not been the happiest of seasons, and the outgoing Collingwood captain believed he had had enough of football and that the feeling was mutual.

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AFL coaching: The buck stops here

Paul Roos.

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson's controversial call to regulate the AFL coaching industry comes on the eve of a season already shaken up by the emergence of six new senior coaches.

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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...

Patrick Dangerfield to weigh up Adelaide prospects

Patrick Dangerfield remains a prime target of the Cats.

Caroline Wilson The explosive midfielder would return to Victoria if he believed he had no chance of team success with the Crows.

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AFL coaches back push to introduce coaching entry rules

Hawthorns coach Alastair Clarkson

Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson's push to legislate against unqualified coaches has gained momentum.

Laidley latest to join exodus from Saints

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Caroline Wilson Another domino has fallen at St Kilda with senior assistant Dean Laidley quitting the club on the eve of the pre-season to join Mick Malthouse at Carlton.

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Sacking signals Saints' turmoil

Caroline Wilson St Kilda has denied somewhat unconvincingly that its decision to sack Scott Watters was in any way linked to Watters' decision to jump on breakfast radio on Friday morning and insist that all was...

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Sacking signals Saints' turmoil

Caroline Wilson Scott Watters' ill-advised interview on SEN proved one final nail in Watters' coaching coffin.

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Kernahan may stay for one more year

A year to go: Stephen Kernahan (right) with Chris Judd.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton's presidential succession plan has hit a significant hurdle.

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Expect clubs to queue up for former Magpie

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Caroline Wilson Geoff Walsh has instantly become the hottest off-field property in the game.

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Blues told: no Bomber bombshells

Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Carlton coaches expected to caution players against sledging opponents.

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Finally, it's all about football and the fans

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Caroline Wilson On the final Saturday of winter it can truly be said that it is all about the game.

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KB at risk of being pinged for conflicting roles

Caroline Wilson The chorus against Kevin Bartlett's conflicts of interest is growing louder.

Cameron relishing Giant task

Caroline Wilson The young coach is slowly moulding his side while the club works hard to retain Kevin Sheedy in an ambassadorial role.

Demons coaching choice is close at hand

Caroline Wilson Having botched its critical senior coaching appointment less than two years ago, Melbourne has no choice but to look for experience and authority in seeking a replacement for Mark Neeld.

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St Kilda footballer Stephen Milne charged with with four counts of rape

Stephen Milne

Caroline Wilson St Kilda forward Stephen Milne has been charged with rape over an incident that allegedly happened in 2004.