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.

AFL

James Hird unlikely to have match-day role with Bombers this year

Caroline Wilson Essendon's strange decision to delay its call on James Hird's immediate future at the club smacks again of the kid-glove treatment afforded the exiled club legend.

AFL

Essendon chairman says Hird will return 'a better person'

Essendon coach James Hird and Chairman Paul Little

Caroline Wilson Essendon chairman Paul Little concedes he faced a difficult task convincing Hird to move on.

AFL

Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

AFL

Leppitsch the new Lions coach

Justin Leppitsch.

Caroline Wilson Triple Brisbane premiership defender's apointment confirmed by the club.

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Bellamy to mentor Hird

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson Two expected to meet in coming weeks as first step of potential mentoring role to be considered by Storm coach.

Crows to face music

Kurt Tippett

Caroline Wilson Club must lose draft picks and get a heavy fine from the AFL over the Tippett deal.

Schwab on thin ice as sharks circle

Cameron Schwab

Caroline Wilson The last time Melbourne suffered a loss of historic proportions the club sacked its coach Dean Bailey.

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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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AFL

Demons' doctor stands down

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Caroline Wilson and Samantha Lane Dan Bates stands down following revelations that he had worked with controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank.

AFL

Roos under scrutiny over doctor

North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Caroline Wilson AFL-ASADA probe into performance-enhancing substances could be widened to include North Melbourne.

AFL

Bombers receive findings

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson The day of reckoning is approaching for a number of senior Essendon officials.

The trouble with Demons

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Caroline Wilson Mark Neeld's disastrous coaching career looks certain to stagger through at least another round.

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AFL

Parting company: a matter of time

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld

Caroline Wilson Monday's Melbourne Demons board meeting may mark the end of Mark Neeld's coaching stint.

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AFL

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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AFL

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...

AFL

Dees have hurt league: Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Caroline Wilson AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has disputed Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson's assertion that Melbourne is ''a huge impediment to the industry'', but conceded the Demons' dreadful on-field...

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Demons coaching choice is close at hand

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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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AFL

$2.5m to help Dees get house in order

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Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson AFL on verge of announcing bail-out package for Melbourne; final figure to be determined.

Coaching boys' club a lucrative business

Caroline Wilson Once on the AFL coaching merry-go-round it's not desirable - or easy - to get off.

Battle of science rages on as Dees 'gap' bid revealed

Matt Finnis

Caroline Wilson Melbourne attempted to force a ''gap year'' on all Demon first-year players this season.