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

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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Port Adelaide and Renault now motoring along

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Caroline Wilson One year ago Port Adelaide boldly stepped into the MCG, a move plenty of football people would dearly love to have made this weekend, to launch their new major sponsor Renault.

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Port Adelaide fitness chief Darren Burgess fears industry's reputation will suffer because of the Essendon supplements scandal

Darren Burgess

Caroline Wilson One of the AFL's most respected high-performance chiefs has admitted his industry has been tarnished and that the damage will continue to resonate for some years.

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Eade rules out Port Adelaide job

Rodney Eade.

Caroline Wilson Rodney Eade has ruled out a potential return to senior coaching at Port Adelaide.

Ratten pulls out of contention for Port Adelaide job

Brett Ratten.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide's dire situation has been further underlined with sacked Carlton coach Brett Ratten withdrawing his application for the job.

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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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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.

Bells and whistles no match for a genuine AFL contest in the right timeslot

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Caroline Wilson The humble home-and-away game in Melbourne is set to undergo a radical facelift.

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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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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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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.

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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Chad Wingard, football's hottest young property and the fresh face of reconciliation

Chad Wingard

Caroline Wilson The love story that created football's hottest young property goes some way to explaining how the quiet, high-achieving basketball fanatic Chad Wingard became not only the poster boy for the rebuilt...

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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.

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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...

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Paul Marsh appointed AFL Players Association boss

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Caroline Wilson The most powerful players’ representative in world cricket takes over at the helm of the AFL Players Association.

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Club presidents unite against Essendon's response to show-cause notices

Lacking support: Essendon chariman Paul Little.

Caroline Wilson AFL club presidents have expressed serious disenchantment with Essendon and its chairman Paul Little

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Port's fitness boss Darren Burgess becomes highest paid in AFL

Darren Burgess (right) with Soceroo Dario Vidosic during 2010.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide's Darren Burgess has become the highest-paid high performance manager in the AFL after committing to the game's top-of-the-ladder club until the end of 2018.

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

Colin Carter

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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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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