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

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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...

Port Adelaide aiming to wear 'prison bar' guernsey against Richmond

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Caroline Wilson Collingwood has cautiously supported an application from Port Adelaide to wear its heritage "prison bar" guernsey against Richmond in Sunday's elimination final as a radical compromise to the clash...

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

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Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL

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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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Gold Coast queries AFL's values as academy stoush intensifies

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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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AFL moves to win back fans

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Caroline Wilson The AFL has established a blueprint to win back Victorian fans, admitting that the MCG and Etihad Stadium no longer set the benchmark as match-day venues and that the game's heartland has suffered...

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan opts for low-key approach ahead of testing times

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Caroline Wilson Little more than a month since assuming the so-called most powerful job in Australian sport, Gillon McLachlan looks headed for the shortest honeymoon period since Ross Oakley took over the then VFL...

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Eddie McGuire's passion can be a pitfall

Caroline Wilson Eddie McGuire's voice is so loud it cannot help prove a distraction to his staff.

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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...

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History of the AFL could be turned on its head

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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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Anzac eve game wouldn't detract from Pies-Bombers clash, says Peter Jackson

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Caroline Wilson and Daniel Cherny Melbourne boss Peter Jackson said on Friday it was ridiculous to suggest an Anzac eve clash between the Demons and Richmond would detract from Collingwood and Essendon's two-decade hold on Anzac Day...

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Is Eddie McGuire the most powerful man in football?

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Caroline Wilson The leadership void at the helm of Australian football appears to be nearing an end, which is fortunate because it was in danger of having been filled by stealth.

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Mid-level AFL clubs unhappy with equalisation plans

Fremantle chief Steve Rosich.

Caroline Wilson The AFL’s historic bid to create an even football competition is facing a mutinous response from at least five middle-level clubs disenchanted in the belief they will be be harshly taxed by...

Risky business on the side fails club and test of plausibility

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Caroline Wilson Dane Swan's mixed messages once his brazen lack of judgment was exposed on Wednesday delivered the clearest response possible that he had made a grave error in openly doing business in the company of...

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Geelong accuses AFL of caving in to Magpie-led campaign on equalisation

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Caroline Wilson Geelong president Colin Carter has accused the AFL of caving in to a Collingwood-led campaign in its failure to adequately address the growing divide between the rich and poor clubs.

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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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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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