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.

Admission may have saved Hird's mates

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...


Mysterious bottle from Mexico sets off alarm

Essendon drug crisis dink.

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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Bombers injected with mystery Mexican substance

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Caroline Wilson Essendon club officials have been unable to tell ASADA or their players what drugs some of them were given when they were injected with a substance bought in Mexico by a Melbourne man suffering from...


Anger simmers below surface as charges laid


Caroline Wilson Scandal that has haunted AFL's 2013 season delivers some form of resolution.

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Voss sacking opens door to sign Roos

Parallel universe: Michael Voss and James Hird shared the 1996 Brownlow Medal.

Caroline Wilson Inescapable conclusion is that Paul Roos will next year return to AFL coaching.

Voss not boss

Michael Voss and Paul Roos.

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Brisbane coach Michael Voss will depart the Lions after being told on Tuesday that his contract would not be renewed at the end of 2013.

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Words of defiance baffling

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson We said this in April and we say it again: James Hird still doesn't get it.


Essendon charges expected on Tuesday

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Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik AFL plans to announce charges against Essendon and potentially a number of individuals on Tuesday.


The doctor who didn't Reid the play

Bruce Reid and James Hird.

Caroline Wilson Role played by Essendon's doctor in drugs program of 2012 remains intriguing element of scandal.


Essendon drugs probe: AFLPA's fury at Bombers

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Caroline Wilson AFLPA leaves Essendon's senior list in no doubt as to their grave disappointment in senior football staffers it believes failed its players.


Dons need to take a reality check

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson There is every suggestion Essendon remains determined to fight any harsh punishment from the AFL.

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Bomber report rifts

Essendon coach James Hird has been given a copy of the report.

Caroline Wilson Essendon coach successfully prevails on AFL and Bombers board to receive copy of ASADA report.

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Drive to cut footy car deals


Caroline Wilson Major row brewing between AFL, players and clubs over third party car arrangements.


Shocked Saad faces 2-year ban

Ahmed Saad.

Caroline Wilson St Kilda forward says he is 'surprised and extremely disappointed' after returning a positive test to a banned substance within the past month, but he faces a two-year suspension from the game.


St Kilda's Ahmed Saad faces two-year drugs ban

St Kilda's Ahmed Saad.

Caroline Wilson AFL investigating whether St Kilda footballer took a banned substance after an irregular sample was provided by the player early this month.

Bombers' media adviser quits as club changes tack


Caroline Wilson Elizabeth Lukin resigns amid fresh series of leaks from coach's advisory team.


Evans thrown under bus

James Hird and David Evans.

Caroline Wilson James Hird's decision to leak a chunk of his ASADA evidence precipitated rushed departure.

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Robinson set to sue Dons

Dean Robinson.

Caroline Wilson Acrimonious relationship between Essendon and Dean Robinson has finished and looks headed for the Supreme Court.


It's getting ugly as saga takes its toll


Caroline Wilson The gloves are well and truly off and battle lines drawn as James Hird battles valiantly to save his reputation.


Dons power struggle emerges over handling of investigation

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson and Richard Baker Chairman David Evans under pressure from key board members and apparently at odds with coach James Hird.

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