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.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

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Time for Paul Roos to commit and start using the 'we' word at Melbourne

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Caroline Wilson Paul Roos needs to take more ownership of his struggling team of battlers.

Adelaide, now a not so great club

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Caroline Wilson Clumsy handling of Brenton Sanderson's departure went from bad to worse as the Crows' moved to minimise the damage when it became clear they had sacked their coach but had no ready replacement as...

Brenton Sanderson failed to win Mark Ricciuto's heart

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Caroline Wilson Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson was sacked after he failed to win the faith of the club’s influential football director Mark Ricciuto.

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When James Hird caught up with a few of his fellow senior coaches

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Caroline Wilson James Hird's breakthrough first meeting with a somewhat threadbare group of senior AFL coaches underlined again the exiled Bomber's deep personal dislike of Andrew Demetriou and a threatening regime...

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Timing of priority pick request as ill-judged as the decision to seek one

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Caroline Wilson The political layers beneath Melbourne's poorly timed decision to apply for a 2014 priority pick appear as complex as the national draft that the AFL is working to simplify.

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Demons rethink coach's succession

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne boss Peter Jackson admits the club could move away from its coaching succession plan come Paul Roos' departure at the end of 2016.

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Roos and Demons still coming to terms with sins of the past

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Caroline Wilson If the Melbourne Football Club’s attempt five years ago to lose games for early draft choices did not already sit high on the long list of the game’s most haunting cautionary tales, then...

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Danny Frawley fears impact of free agency

James Frawley handballs during a training session on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson James Frawley's famous uncle has admitted to some discomfort upon reading about the Melbourne defender's astronomical asking price.

Melbourne president's plan to turn the Demons into the Yankees

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Caroline Wilson Melbourne chairman Glen Bartlett has unveiled his long-term vision to transform the club into the New York Yankees of the AFL which would see the Demons become a team of choice for Melburnians as...

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AFL coaching: The buck stops here

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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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Choco block: Tiges may step in

Enjoying the Richmond gig: Mark Williams with Trent Cotchin earlier this year.

Caroline Wilson Richmond could thwart St Kilda's attempt to poach highly regarded assistant Mark Williams.

Hird still king, but in exile

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Caroline Wilson Of all the ground-breaking developments at AFL headquarters over 30 dramatic hours at the start of this week the most bizarre was Essendon's decision to re-sign James Hird as he became the first AFL...

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Clubs prepare for a cap on interchanges

The prevailing view of the clubs was that their coach's boxes would next season face significant extra work in keeping count of interchange bench rotations.

Caroline Wilson Speculation that the AFL could cap interchange rotations for the first time threatens to widen philosophical divide between football's governing body and the young men who play the game.

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Longmire lays down the lore

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Caroline Wilson Sydney’s premiership coach has told AFL commissioners how the Swans won the 2012 flag – and of his fears for the game under proposed rule changes.

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A Bridge too far for Swans

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Caroline Wilson Bad blood continues to flow between the two cross-city rivals in Sydney.

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Great divide: Longmire attacks 'disrespectful' view of Swans

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Caroline Wilson Reigning premiership coach John Longmire has registered his disappointment with Greater Western Sydney chief executive David Matthews and his "disrespectful" comments about the Swans, as the bad...

Blood brothers

Adam Goodes and Swans coach John Longmire share a moment during training this week.

Caroline Wilson The Swans, from coach John Longmire to the president and players, are united as one behind a shattered Adam Goodes.

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Goodes, the bad and the ugly: a week of heartache

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Caroline Wilson ANYONE doubting the influence Adam Goodes holds over the Sydney Swans and the reverence they hold for him only had to be at the club on Wednesday in the hours that followed Eddie McGuire's racial...

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Cameron relishing Giant task

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