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.

Magpies look inwards to find success

Caroline Wilson After one underachieving season, Nathan Buckley appears determined to drive a redesign.

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Swan's song just a noise for Magpies

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Caroline Wilson Anyone who doubted that Dane Swan was a law unto himself need only to witness the past 48 hours.

Magpies opt for Port Douglas

Collingwood

Caroline Wilson Collingwood will head to Port Douglas for a mid-season break next week and will not repeat last year's exercise of sending injured footballers to Arizona in a bid to improve its playing stocks in...

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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AFL, power clubs ready for showdown over equalisation

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire is leading the charge against a tax on club revenues.

Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou and his team will try to push through new Robin Hood-style taxes to reshape competition.

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Poor clubs can't win flags, says Alan Richardson

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Caroline Wilson and Matt Murnane There appears no end in sight to the radical bid by the competition's chiefs to create a more even competition.

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Club's cuddle too soft by half, only a ban will suffice

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Caroline Wilson Collingwood has chosen to make a cultural statement based on its belief that Williams is truly repentant.

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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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Pre-season picks 'a circus'

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Caroline Wilson Radical plan to introduce a ''captains' pick'' representative game on eve of 2014 season slammed as ''circus and a sideshow'' by one club chairman.

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On and off field, Tigers are burning bright

Joan Chapple and Arthur Bonser, members for more than 60 years, join Nathan Foley (left) and Trent Cotchin at Tigerland.

Caroline Wilson Richmond's on-field form accompanied by a stunning set of off-field numbers.

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Expect clubs to queue up for former Magpie

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Caroline Wilson Geoff Walsh has instantly become the hottest off-field property in the game.

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Pie's radio deal waits on approval

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Caroline Wilson A yet-to-be-signed media deal involving Collingwood's Dane Swan will not kick off as planned on Friday unless it has been cleared by the AFL.

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Final, inexplicable insult rubs salt into Swan's raw wounds

Goodes

Caroline Wilson If Swans veteran Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had ever seen him.

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Slip or a slur, McGuire enrages Swans

Eddie McGuire on radio.

Caroline Wilson If Adam Goodes was devastated at the MCG last Friday night then by Wednesday morning he was as angry as some of his friends had seen him.

SA, WA clubs to go it alone

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Caroline Wilson West Australian and South Australian clubs losing patience in battle to field stand-alone teams.

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Last supper came early for Ratten

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Caroline Wilson Brett Ratten had breakfast with Chris Judd and his leadership group early yesterday. For all intents and purposes it was the soon-to-be-sacked coach's last supper with the senior players who had...

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A tale of two coaches amid the tears and the fears of two footballing families

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Caroline Wilson In one of the AFL season's more bizarre scenarios yesterday, a terminated coach faced the media with the men who sacked him and spoke of life's good fortune.

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Blue fury over Pies

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire shares his thoughts with coach Nathan Buckley.

Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire raises highly sensitive issue of the Blues' total player payments.

Palm tree leap: McCarthy's death 'a tragic accident', club boss confirms

John McCarthy and girlfriend Dani.

Caroline Wilson John McCarthy died in a Las Vegas hotel driveway as a result of a tragic accident, Port Adelaide football boss Peter Rohde said this morning.

McCarthy's death 'a tragic accident', club boss confirms

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Caroline Wilson John McCarthy died in a Las Vegas hotel driveway as a result of a tragic accident, Port Adelaide football boss Peter Rohde said this morning.