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.

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Brisbane Lions may offer second-round pick for Essendon's Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Essendon became aware it had a genuine problem with Paddy Ryder some weeks ago, but Ryder's problem with the club began, in truth, in the first half of last year.

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Leppitsch the new Lions coach

Justin Leppitsch.

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

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Lions could join Saints in NZ adventure

Brisbane v St Kilda, during round 5 of the AFL season, played at The Gabba in Brisbane, Thursday, April 21, 2011. Lions James Polkinghorne and St Kilda Zac Dawson Picture by Paul Harris

Caroline Wilson The Brisbane Lions are front-runners to travel to New Zealand next season to take on St Kilda.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

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Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

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Essendon players ready to listen to ASADA deal offers

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson The 34 past and present Essendon players facing anti-doping bans will distance themselves from any further legal manoeuvring by the Bombers, with some now contemplating a deal with ASADA in a bid to...

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another...

Brisbane keen to add roar appeal with lion at games

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Caroline Wilson The Brisbane Lions have taken a determined lead from the AFL’s push to dress up its home games and are looking to secure a live lion to parade on the Gabba arena before each local fixture.

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Essendon's Paddy Ryder on verge of walkout

Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Essendon star Paddy Ryder could quit the club at the end of the season with his management looking at triggering a new breach-of-contract clause that would allow him to walk as a delisted free agent.

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Essendon's blame game over Paddy Ryder another sign of a club off the rails

Patrick Ryder

Caroline Wilson Having wasted yet another golden opportunity to put up its hand and take responsibility for the nightmare it has inflicted upon its footballers, Essendon instead chose the predictable path on...

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Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The MCG's move to host four of international soccer's most glamorous clubs in a three-game competition in the middle of a traditional AFL Melbourne winter comes one decade almost to the day that the...

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Tigers and Sydney in the money

Richmond v Sydney Swans

Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan has unveiled his vision for a more open and collaborative AFL in his first meeting with the 18 club chiefs.

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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Caroline Wilson Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff✓ has questioned the AFL’s business values and accused it of a lack of courtesy in the decision to review the bidding system for development academy...

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

Caroline Wilson dinkus

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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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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Travis Auld to join McLachlan's executive

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has poached Travis Auld - the man it placed in charge of its 17th team the Gold Coast Suns - to take centre stage in the new Gillon McLachlan administration.

Swans threaten to scale down their NSW development

Sydney Swans boss Andrew Ireland.

Caroline Wilson Sydney has threatened to radically scale down its investment in developing the game in NSW should the AFL revise the bidding system in a move which could force the club to pay a higher price for...

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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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.

Swans' cost-of-living allowance on way out, but rent subsidy on way in

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Caroline Wilson Sydney's controversial cost-of-living allowance will be removed by the start of the 2017 season but the AFL will compensate the Swans with a new rent subsidy allowance which the league will pay...