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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James Hird unlikely to have match-day role with Bombers this year

Caroline Wilson Essendon's strange decision to delay its call on James Hird's immediate future at the club smacks again of the kid-glove treatment afforded the exiled club legend.

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Essendon continues to duck for cover

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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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Bombers need to sever ties with James Hird

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Caroline Wilson Essendon Football Club can never truly put the past behind it until it severs its ties with James Hird.

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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

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Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

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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Essendon chairman says Hird will return 'a better person'

Essendon coach James Hird and Chairman Paul Little

Caroline Wilson Essendon chairman Paul Little concedes he faced a difficult task convincing Hird to move on.

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Stephen Dank booking to speak at charity lunch a big blunder

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Caroline Wilson The sad implications behind Dean Wallis' decision to lure Stephen Dank to a sportsman's lunch has not been lost on any of the major players.

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AFL coaching: The buck stops here

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson's controversial call to regulate the AFL coaching industry comes on the eve of a season already shaken up by the emergence of six new senior coaches.

Push to remove Danny Frawley from coaches job

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Push to remove 'coach' Frawley

AFLCA CEO Danny Frawley

Caroline Wilson A founding architect of the AFL Coaches Association has called for the removal of current boss Danny Frawley and his No.2 Paul Armstrong.

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Pressure builds on Frawley

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Caroline Wilson Danny Frawley will not like this column. A political animal from way back - and he needed to be during his nine years captaining St Kilda and five as coach of Richmond - as well as one of the games...

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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.

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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.

Hird still king, but in exile

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Caroline Wilson Of all the ground-breaking developments at AFL headquarters over 30 dramatic hours at the start of this week the most bizarre was Essendon's decision to re-sign James Hird as he became the first AFL...

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Bellamy to mentor Hird

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Caroline Wilson Two expected to meet in coming weeks as first step of potential mentoring role to be considered by Storm coach.

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Anger simmers below surface as charges laid

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

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Admission may have saved Hird's mates

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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...

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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.