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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Bombers need to sever ties with James Hird

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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Senior Bombers tell James Hird to put aside anger

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson Essendon's senior players have requested James Hird put aside his personal angst and allow the Bombers to focus on the 2014 season without provoking reminders of the events which led to Hird's and...

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...

Bombers injected with mystery Mexican substance

Essendon drug crisis dink.

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...

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Bombers push for Daniher as boss

Essendon's famous four: (from left) Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher with legendary coach Kevin Sheedy (centre) in 2009.

Caroline Wilson Essendon targets Neale Daniher as it sets about rebuilding the club.

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Bombers' media adviser quits as club changes tack

Essendon

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

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Bombers receive findings

James Hird.

Caroline Wilson The day of reckoning is approaching for a number of senior Essendon officials.

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Bombers a shambles

The behaviour of Essendon coach James Hird has been described as ''reckless''.

Caroline Wilson Ziggy Switkowski's damning recommendations detailing managerial failures at Essendon did not call to sack anyone.

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Bombers chief out, but will any others follow suit?

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson Ian Robson was gracious and sporting when he fell on his sword during another sad Windy Hill chapter in the disappointing recent off-field story of the Essendon Football Club.

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Call for Bombers guarantee

Craig Kelly.

Caroline Wilson Influential player manager Craig Kelly has placed Essendon on notice, seeking assurances from the club that none of his contracted clients will be liable for any financial penalties as a result of...

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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

Hird at risk as AFL admits Bombers at the centre of scandal

Essendon AFL training at their Tullamarine oval this morning , coach James Hird

Caroline Wilson The football future of Essendon's favourite son and the man who gave up a comfortable post-playing retirement to lead his club back to glory now hangs in the balance.

Ex-Bombers left out of the loop by club

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Caroline Wilson Suddenly Essendon became the national face of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Bombers failed to run rule over Dank

Steve Dank

Caroline Wilson Essendon employed Stephen Dank last season without reference-checking the discredited sport scientist with any of his past three football employers, including the Gold Coast Suns.

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Heat may be easing on Bombers but message deserves flak

Coaching confusion: James Hird's message on the Dons' recent trials is mixed.

Caroline Wilson AFL boss Andrew Demetriou believes Dons in far better shape than Cronulla.