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

Free agency will widen gap between rich and poor clubs, says Taylor Walker

Caroline Wilson Adelaide star Taylor Walker has spoken out against free agency in the belief the recently relaxed player movement rules will ultimately harm the competition and widen the gap between the rich and...

Taylor Walker learns how to run again

Taylor Walker stretches out more than a year after injuring his knee.

Caroline Wilson Taylor Walker is not overstating it when he says his life changed on the April day last year he went down on one knee at the MCG.

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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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Richmond's Graham in talks with Crows

Angus Graham.

Caroline Wilson Richmond's Angus Graham holds talks with Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson with a view to signing on with the Crows.

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.

Tippett, Crows on draft rule charges

Kurt Tippett

Caroline Wilson KURT TIPPETT and his former club Adelaide have been charged with a series of rule breaches by the AFL, and will be summoned to appear before the commission next week.

Demetriou drawn into Crows saga

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson THE unholy mess that is Adelaide's handling of Kurt Tippett has widened to involve AFL boss Andrew Demetriou.

Steve Trigg appointed as Carlton chief executive

Steven Trigg.

Caroline Wilson Carlton has appointed Steven Trigg as its new chief executive in a move which has created yet another vacancy at the helm of an AFL club with Adelaide immediately embarking upon its own executive...

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Steven Trigg's appointment as Carlton chief executive a victory for second chances

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Caroline Wilson Steven Trigg's emergence as the new boss of one of Australian football's most famous clubs will be seen by less generous AFL observers as yet another victory for the boys' club.

AFL

Blues tell Malthouse to lift his media game

Carlton Press Conference with coach Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Mick Malthouse's admission that he may need to change his demeanour in post-match media conferences came after a series of frank in-house discussions at the club.

AFL

Essendon continues to duck for cover

Caroline Wilson dinkus

Caroline Wilson The latest and potentially most laughable attempt by Essendon to make the AFL accountable for its own dangerous and potentially illegal drugs program has struck a chord as the club continues to point...

Fan initiatives could have fresh face in Travis Auld

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chief executive Travis Auld is looming as one fresh face in Gillon McLachlan's new look executive team as the new AFL boss sets in place a long-term plan to bring more fans to the football.

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Ian Collins predicted Port Adelaide would go broke in three years under Adelaide Oval deal

Both the Crows and the Power were alarmed at the high costs and low match returns from early season games.

Caroline Wilson Former Etihad Stadium boss Ian Collins advised Port Adelaide against signing the contentious Adelaide Oval agreement, warning chairman David Koch that the club would be broke within three seasons...

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Stadium issues rile AFL, clubs

Demetriou

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's parting shot at the MCG on Friday underlines the AFL's long history of hostility with the game's spiritual home.

AFL

One bye, October grand final on cards

Caroline Wilson AFL players look certain to revert to just one bye round in the 2015 season with an October grand final also near certain in the AFL's determination to launch the season late – in April at the...

AFL

SA football boss defends Adelaide Oval costs

The Crows' average attendance at Adelaide Oval is more than 47,000 - 16 per cent ahead of projections - lifting their average total attendances up 8000 to 38,230.

Caroline Wilson South Australian football boss Leigh Whicker has defended the high early cost of staging games at the Adelaide Oval.

AFL

Dean Bailey remembered as a straight-shooter

Dean Bailey

Caroline Wilson Dean Bailey's premature death on the eve of the 2014 AFL season has provoked so many mixed emotions and demanded some reflection on the tumultuous events that punctuated his final years in the game...

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.

AFL

Patrick Dangerfield looking forward to surf and (home) turf

Patrick Dangerfield (right) with Matt Crouch (left) and James Podsiadly during an Adelaide training session at AAMI Stadium on Wednesday.

Caroline Wilson Patrick Dangerfield did not attempt to contain his excitement at the prospect of the immediate journey at hand.

AFL

Drive to cut footy car deals

Sherrin

Caroline Wilson Major row brewing between AFL, players and clubs over third party car arrangements.