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.

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...

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...

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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Swans say no to Roos, Dew stays

Happier times: Sydney coach Paul Roos and chairman Richard Colless.

Caroline Wilson Sydney blocks Paul Roos' bid to anoint Stuart Dew as coach-in-waiting at Melbourne.

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'Never say die' pays big time for Swans

AFL Grand Final 2012 at The MCG , Hawthorn v Sydney Swans , Jude Bolton celebrates with fans Saturday 29th of September 2012 , Photo Pat Scala The Age

Caroline Wilson Most premierships are foregone conclusions by the time living minutes become dying seconds in the twilight of grand final day. Many are anti-climactic and usually the short-priced favourite gets up.

Demetriou defends Swans

Andrew Demetriou.

Caroline Wilson AFL chief executive hits out at clubs pushing for review of Sydney allowances.

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Swans chief now turns on Geelong

Back on the attack: Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless.

Caroline Wilson Feud between Sydney and Melbourne clubs shows no signs of abating.

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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.

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A Bridge too far for Swans

Kevin Sheedy and John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson Bad blood continues to flow between the two cross-city rivals in Sydney.

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Great divide: Longmire attacks 'disrespectful' view of Swans

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Caroline Wilson Reigning premiership coach John Longmire has registered his disappointment with Greater Western Sydney chief executive David Matthews and his "disrespectful" comments about the Swans, as the bad...

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Swans 'bewildered' by McGuire's gaffe

Adam Goodes.

Caroline Wilson Adam Goodes has eventually accepted an apology from Eddie McGuire after lengthy conversations between Goodes, Sydney chiefs and McGuire himself over radio host's inappropriate reference about using...

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.

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Swans unite behind gutted victim Goodes

Swans coach John Longmire.

Caroline Wilson and Jesse Hogan After a week in which Adam Goodes has twice found himself at the centre of a racial vilification controversy, Sydney Swans coach John Longmire said the Brownlow medallist would need some support to...

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Davis spreads the word for Swans

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Caroline Wilson Some weeks ago Nick Davis stood on the SCG and recreated again and again several versions of the left-foot snap that, in 2005, cruelled Geelong in a second semi-final.

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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 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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Andrew Newbold urges overhaul of father-son and academy picks in drive towards equalisation

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Caroline Wilson Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has backed Collingwood’s Eddie McGuire in raising misgivings over the AFL academies in Sydney and southern Queensland and urged the league to work towards a...

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Koch launches bid for non-Victorian clubs to work together

Port Adelaide president David Koch.

Caroline Wilson Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has called on the non-Victorian clubs to unite in a bid to convince the competition that the future of the expanded competition lies outside Victoria.

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Tiger tales: the powers behind the glories of Tom Hafey's years at Richmond

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Caroline Wilson One of Tom Hafey’s premiership players pointed out on Friday that in the week of Hafey’s death the Richmond coaching legend has never seemed more alive.