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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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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Blues and Tigers to play once

Collingwood and Carlton.

Caroline Wilson Traditional rivals Carlton and Richmond will play each other only once in the next home-and-away season.

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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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Blues dig deep as Mick suits up

Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Carlton's board will sign off on a three-year maximum $3 million contract offer to Mick Malthouse, with the 59-year-old three-time premiership coach to be approached by the Blues as early as today.

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Malthouse ready to sign on with Blues

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse to sign up today to coach Carlton for the next three years.

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Blues chase early Pies clash

Andrew Walker and Harry O'Brien.

Caroline Wilson Carlton wastes no time in working to recoup its multimillion-dollar investment in new coach Mick Malthouse, requesting a home fixture against Collingwood in round two next season.

Shake-up for Blues' board

Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour.

Caroline Wilson Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour looks set to achieve his long-held ambition to run the Carlton Football Club.

Sydney at war with the Blues

Greg Swann

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE The bad blood between Melbourne and Sydney has become toxic.

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AFL, Blues are all a'Twitter

Carlton's Brock McLean

Caroline Wilson In the case of Brock McLean and his misguided tweet, the Blues were absolutely right in refusing to suspend him.

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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.

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Mick Malthouse confronted umpire over contentious free kick

Mick Malthouse confronted a senior umpire about a costly and contentious free kick he had awarded in 2013 against the Blues.

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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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.

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AFL intervenes to stop Adelaide Crows from donning SA jumper

South Australia's State Of Origin jumper.

Caroline Wilson An embarrassed and frustrated AFL has intervened in a bid to prevent the Adelaide Crows from wearing the South Australian football jumper in next month's first showdown game.

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AFL doubles TV costs

Cameras at AFL game.

Caroline Wilson Move by AFL to award its media department the contract to provide crucial match-day vision to clubs at more than double the previous cost receives mixed reviews across competition.

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Footy on Sunday nights set for Seven

Sunday night footy will be a first for Seven.

Caroline Wilson AFL to trial up to three prime-time games on Channel Seven on Sunday nights in 2014.

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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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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.

AFL imposes deadline on Essendon negotiations

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Caroline Wilson Essendon will face a contested hearing before the AFL Commission unless it reaches a negotiated settlement today over penalties it receives for its 2012 supplement program.

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Finally, it's all about football and the fans

Caroline-Wilson-sport-dinks

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

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AFL caught short at a crucial time

Caroline Wilson It was among the most meaningful advice Ken Hinkley could offer his players in the final round of 2013 and it came at quarter-time at AAMI Stadium's last AFL game.