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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Essendon in crisis as players named in banned drugs inquiry

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Caroline Wilson Essendon called a crisis meeting of 10 senior players warning them that they would be named publicly for having taken potentially banned drugs.

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Drugs collision course

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Caroline Wilson The AFL clubs appear on a collision course with their players over holiday drug testing, as several club chiefs confirmed they would take on the players union over target testing of suspected illegal...

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Chiefs break ranks on drugs

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Caroline Wilson Two AFL club bosses would feel uncomfortable knowing the identity of drug offenders.

Seven clubs vulnerable on drugs

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Caroline Wilson At least seven AFL clubs were named in a confidential briefing to competition chiefs by the Australian Crime Commission as having illicit drug problems.

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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.

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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.

The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

AFL drugs policy wins supporters

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Caroline Wilson Anyone who followed the great AFL drug war of 2005 would understand the significance of yesterday's revelation.

AFL to disclose player drugs tests

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Caroline Wilson THE AFL will reveal today how many players tested positive for illegal drugs last season.

AFL's deal-maker Gillon McLachlan will be worth listening to

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Caroline Wilson Gillon McLachlan was the AFL's deal maker long before he became the competition's most powerful executive.

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James Hird losing support of Essendon directors

James Hird’s employment agreement with Essendon involves clauses that could lead to his rich coaching contract being terminated should he break certain conditions.

Caroline Wilson The Essendon board meeting that ratified coach Mark Thompson’s ownership of the team for the remainder of the season also debated whether James Hird should return at all as senior coach for the...

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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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Essendon continues to duck for cover

Caroline Wilson The latest and potentially most laughable attempt by Essendon to make the AFL accountable for its own dangerous and potentially illegal drugs program has struck a chord as the club continues to point...

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League, union back medical director Peter Harcourt

AFL medical director Peter Harcourt is expected to receive the backing of chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Caroline Wilson The AFL has thrown its unequivocal support behind its medical director Peter Harcourt, despite being unaware he had been filmed as the keynote speaker at a Zurich conference on drugs in sport last...

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Time to put players, club and the game ahead of lengthy legal stoush

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Caroline Wilson Ben McDevitt broke his silence on Friday and pointedly stated that the eyes of the World Anti-Doping Authority were on Australia and just how seriously it regarded its responsibility towards the...

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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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ASADA revelations do not dilute Essendon's culpability

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Caroline Wilson The revelation that the AFL feared it could no longer rely upon a deal it believed it had struck with ASADA over the Essendon players will not prove the 'gotcha' moment of this extraordinary saga but...

Frawley under pressure

Caroline Wilson The AFL Coaches’ Association is facing the most significant crossroad in its short existence and Frawley is by extension under pressure.

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I always put the players first: Andrew Demetriou

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Caroline Wilson Andrew Demetriou's successor could be named in the next two months.

Richmond's Brendon Gale may be the man to replace AFL boss Andrew Demetriou

Brendon Gale

Caroline Wilson The AFL Players Association has become rightly cautious about its now well-deserved reputation as a pathway to executive positions within the competition.