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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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

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

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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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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

Danny Frawley.

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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Stephen Dank booking to speak at charity lunch a big blunder

Assistant coach Dean Wallis.

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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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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Delusional Dons must pay the price

Essendon's Dr.Bruce Reid, coach James Hird and captain Jobe Watson.

Caroline Wilson Jobe Watson's admission again exposes club's recklessness and failure to care for players' welfare.

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AFL warned Hird against peptides

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE League warned Essendon coach in late 2011 to not involve his players in a peptides program.

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Bombers are yet to face facts

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Caroline Wilson That Essendon coach James Hird has a different recollection of 2011 meeting is not surprising.

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Hird told ASADA Demetriou tipped off Bombers

James Hird

Caroline Wilson Coach's claims refuted by Bombers chairman David Evans and AFL boss Andrew Demetriou

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Bomber five admit Dank drugs link

Testing times: Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin (left) and coach James Hird have been questioned by ASADA.

Caroline Wilson Five Essendon staffers, including James Hird's personal assistant, have admitted to the AFL and ASADA that they were treated last year by Stephen Dank with a variety of injections and oral...

Dons' treatment of 'Weapon' a mystery

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Caroline Wilson Dean Robinson will not be the only official to leave the club when this saga ends.

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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.

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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

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...

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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.

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...