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.

AFL

Hird and his club pay highest of prices

Caroline Wilson Essendon coach dramatically backs down and accepts a one-year ban from the game.

AFL imposes deadline on Essendon negotiations

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Caroline Wilson Essendon will face a contested hearing before the AFL Commission unless it reaches a negotiated settlement today over penalties it receives for its 2012 supplement program.

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Ban could spell end

James Hird.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Essendon assistant coach Mark Thompson predicts that James Hird could struggle to return.

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AFL

Hird is still clinging to faint hope

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Caroline Wilson Late on Monday, the coach was still fighting for his standing and, more pertinently, his job.

AFL

Agents in drug talks

Essendon

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE Player agents told of legal avenues they can explore for Essendon players dealing with supplements saga.

AFL

Supplement crisis: Bombers set to miss finals

Hird avoids the media after training session (Thumbnail)

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon looks certain to not play finals as negotiations between the AFL and the club moved swiftly towards a resolution of the crisis that has engulfed the game.

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Martin to stay with Tigers

Staying put: Dustin Martin is set to remain at Richmond.

Caroline Wilson Richmond star will sign a two-year deal with the Tigers worth close to $1 million.

AFL

Clubs back AFL in row with Bombers

Bulldogs President Peter Gordon speaks to the press.

Matt Murnane, Scott Spits and Caroline Wilson The league's 17 other clubs have lined up behind the AFL in its dispute with Essendon, calling on the Bombers to avoid fighting its bitter legal battle with the league in the courts.

AFL

Tim Watson's conflicted role in Essendon saga

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Caroline Wilson "Sarah", the emotional talkback radio caller and Essendon player parent who described the invidious position in which some of that club's footballers still find themselves, has painted an alternative...

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AFL

Blind pride drove coach's denial and bodies piled up

Caroline Wilson James Hird's coaching career could have been salvaged in February on the day he said with straight and solemn face that he was ''shocked'' to be sitting in the uncomfortable position that he was.

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League accuses Hird of ignoring warnings

Essendon supporters with Stand by Hird signs.

Caroline Wilson, Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Essendon coach James Hird ignored an emotional plea from his club doctor, warnings from the AFL and adverse side effects sparked by his own injecting regime when he backed a supplements program that...

AFL

Blues told: no Bomber bombshells

Mick Malthouse.

Caroline Wilson Carlton coaches expected to caution players against sledging opponents.

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Bombers' secret talks

Paul Little: Saga could drag into September and beyond.

Caroline Wilson, Mark Hawthorne and Jake Niall Pre-finals settlement between Essendon and the AFL remains on the table.

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Hird case goes into extra time

Sorry sign: Essendon's banner against North Melbourne on Saturday.

Caroline Wilson Threat of Supreme Court injunction by James Hird's legal team alleviated at the 11th hour.

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Sheedy, Walsh sounded out as Bombers look to rebuild

Caroline Wilson Four-time premiership coach Kevin Sheedy and recently departed Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh have emerged as two pillars of the Bombers' behind-the-scenes plans to rebuild the club beyond the...

AFL

Bomber SOS targets Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy.

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE Kevin Sheedy and Geoff Walsh emerge as pillars of behind-the-scenes plans to rebuild club.

AFL

Jobe Watson warned on 'feeling vindicated' comments

Jobe Watson.

Caroline Wilson Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been warned not to antagonise ASADA after he agreed to put his name to a club-penned statement which said the Bombers players felt "fully vindicated" after the AFL...

AFL

James Hird and cohorts choose to face charges together

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Caroline Wilson Essendon coach James Hird refused an AFL offer to plead guilty alone to misconduct charges which would have spared club doctor Bruce Reid, Mark Thompson and Danny Corcoran from facing the commission.

AFL

Mysterious bottle from Mexico sets off alarm

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Caroline Wilson Essendon club officials have been unable to tell the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority or their players what drugs some of them were given when they were injected with a substance bought in...

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Admission may have saved Hird's mates

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson The AFL, Essendon and legal teams for James Hird and three other key officials spent the daylight hours of Tuesday thrashing out the magnitude of charges which have already irreparably tarnished...