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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Hawks fly flag in Tasmania

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Caroline Wilson Hawthorn will launch the defence of its premiership in Tasmania.

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Hawks back Demons aid

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Caroline Wilson Hawthorn will push for hapless Melbourne to receive an enlarged salary cap next season after witnessing the Demons' despair first-hand.

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Hawks atone but Freo set for return

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Caroline Wilson The ball was dribbling towards the AFL members' wing in a swirling wind at the moment Hawthorn atoned for 2012.

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Swans to get the drop on Hawks

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Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson AFL will break with protocol and schedule Hawthorn in second preliminary final.

AFL to reschedule Hawks' preliminary final?

Port Adelaide's Roger James kicks into Brisbane's Nigel Lappin as he is dragged down by Michael Voss during the 2004 grand final. The Lions entered the game with about 36 hours less preparation than Port.

Caroline Wilson League almost certain to switch scheduled night preliminary final back to Saturday afternoon.

Adelaide to meet Hawthorn assistant Brendon Bolton

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Caroline Wilson Adelaide has moved on Hawthorn's Brendon Bolton with the Hawks' assistant coach understood to have travelled from Melbourne today to present to Mark Ricciuto and the Crows' coaching panel.

Hawthorn demolishes soft Swans in AFL grand final

The moment of triumph: Hawthorn players raise their arms in jubilation as the final siren sounds on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson There was a telling moment late in the third quarter of Hawthorn's 63-point erasure of the Sydney Swans at the MCG that spoke to the build-up, the soap opera and the climax of the quest for...

Chris Fagan the unsung powerbroker at Hawthorn

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Caroline Wilson The former Demon football boss has helped his new team to a grand final.

The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

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History of the AFL could be turned on its head

Old dark Blues: The Carlton team in 1868.

Caroline Wilson The history of Australian Rules football will soon be turned on its head if a series of recommendations to the AFL commission is accepted - recommendations which will rewrite the official birth date...

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North Melbourne pushes for three games in Hobart

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Caroline Wilson North Melbourne has confirmed it will push to play three home games in Hobart next year as the AFL appears to have drawn the battle lines over the future of home-and-away football in Tasmania.

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Buddy lucky that no one was hurt in latest driving mishap

Franklin has had a troubled start to his AFL stint with the Swans.

Caroline Wilson It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.

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Failed: AFL report says of Hawthorn's Tasmanian push

Hawthorn has 8000 Tasmanian members, with a total of 25,000 AFL club members across the state.

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE An AFL-backed report into the game's future in Tasmania has questioned Hawthorn's commitment to developing the code down south and concluded that the club has failed to capture "the hearts...

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Carlton recruiting boss Shane Rogers ready to walk out

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Caroline Wilson Disillusioned Carlton recruiting boss Shane Rogers is on the verge of walking out on the club in the belief that Blues power broker Bruce Mathieson and incoming chairman Mark LoGiudice were...

AFL hold on Swans' extra cash

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has wrested control of Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance away from the Swans and ensured the club's richest footballers no longer receive extra money outside the standard salary...

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Franklin deal uncovers depth of animosity between Sydney rivals

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Caroline Wilson IN just three short weeks since his part in Hawthorn's 11th premiership, Lance ''Buddy'' Franklin has redrawn the AFL landscape and made a genuine claim that one player can actually prove himself...

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Buddy the game changer

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Caroline Wilson Franklin's Sydney move and his attitude to the Irish tour has damaged the AFL.

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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.

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Franklin off course at grand prix

Lance Franklin.

Caroline Wilson Incoherent and out-of-sorts Lance Franklin stumbled into corporate suite at Melbourne GP.

Buddy shoots himself in foot

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Caroline Wilson Lance Franklin's crazy decision to take hostage of Hawks' season suddenly seems increasingly risky for him.