Emma Quayle

Emma Quayle

Emma Quayle joined The Age as a cadet journalist in 1999 and has been covering football since 2001. She has won awards from the Australian Football Media Association and AFL Players Association for her feature writing, and specialised for many years in covering junior football and the AFL draft. Emma's two books - The Draft and Nine Lives (the story of former Essendon wingman Adam Ramanauskas' battle with cancer) - were published in 2008 and 2010.

Bulldogs' bold calls at the draft table start to pay off

Emma Quayle It didn't take long for Simon Dalrymple to get people talking. That's what happens when you are the Western Bulldogs' brand new recruiting manager and you use your first draft pick on a kid with a...

Bombers with work still to do, says coach James Hird

Bombers Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd  celebrate the win over St Kilda on Sunday.

Emma Quayle  Essendon must improve their contested work to match it against the best sides, according to coach James Hird.

North Melbourne's Robin Nahas handles pressing matters

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Emma Quayle Robbie Nahas understood why North Melbourne club wanted to move him to the rookie list to free up an extra pick in the national draft, and he also knew he had been in the team, playing well, when he...

AFL clubs keen to speak to discarded cricketer Alex Keath

Back on the footy radar: Alex Keath.

Emma Quayle Discarded Victorian cricketer Alex Keath would be a realistic chance to find a new home in the AFL should he decide to return to the sport he quit five years ago.

How Melbourne built Jesse Hogan

Emma Quayle When Jesse Hogan's highly exciting fourth game of AFL football was discussed late last Friday night, one word was used a lot.

Western Bulldogs defender Michael Talia finds his feet

Emma Quayle In his fourth senior game, Michael Talia was trusted to take care of Adelaide's power forward Taylor Walker on Sunday.

Fast and ferocious Western Bulldogs deliver Adelaide's first loss

Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his six goals against Adelaide on Sunday.

Emma Quayle So many words could be used to describe the way the Western Bulldogs played in the first half of Sunday's game that it was little wonder most of the Adelaide players had a 'hang on, wait, what?' look...

The Blues' print: how to rebuild Carlton

Looking on the bright side: Patrick Cripps is one of the Blues’ best young prospects.

Emma Quayle A five-step plan to get Carlton back on track.

Sam Docherty signs on with Carlton

Docherty has been one of the club's best players in the first three rounds.

Emma Quayle Carlton is close to finalising a new contract for defender Sam Docherty, whose impressive early season form has been a highlight of the club's otherwise poor start to the year.

The important role Sydney's Isaac Heeney could play

Isaac Heeney crashes into the goal post at the SCG.

Emma Quayle When Isaac Heeney arrived at last November's draft he started to wish he was in it, that he wasn't already tied to Sydney and that he would get to find out where the recruiters really rated him and...

Back after 19 months, Brendan Whitecross has new plans

Emma Quayle The first time Brendan Whitecross organised a post-season trip with his father, he wrecked his knee in a qualifying final.

Western Bulldogs facing fresh injury worries after loss to Hawks

Bulldog Dale Morris marks ahead of Paul Puopolo of the Hawks.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs early-season momentum has been halted by a back-in-form Hawthorn side and a fresh set of injuries, with Mitch Wallis and Dale Morris both likely to miss a number of weeks.

Hawthorn too good for depleted Western Bulldogs

Luke Hodge put in a masterful performance.

Emma Quayle Luke Hodge leads Hawthorn to a convincing 70-point win over an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs side in Launceston.

David Armitage's new job: to fast-track the Saints

Armitage never wanted to be anywhere other than St Kilda, even given his long wait.

Emma Quayle David Armitage had half an ear torn almost right from his head as a teenager, but kept playing. Last year he cut his knee open so badly that he could see through to the kneecap.

AFL considers northern academy opt-out clause

AFL draft prospects Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper.

Emma Quayle The expected growth of the four northern academies could lead to future prospects being presented with an "opt-out" clause, allowing them to instead choose to enter the national draft.

North Melbourne quietly confident on Wells, Dal Santo injuries

North Melbourne's Nick Dal Santo leaves the field with a hamstring injury on Sunday.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne has begun to atone for its disappointing round one loss with a big win over Brisbane, but will have two of their star players on injury watch this week.

North Melbourne off the mark with big win over Brisbane

Jarrad Waite (right) celebrates one of his seven goals with veteran Brent Harvey.

Emma Quayle Key forward Jarrad Waite equals his career-best haul of seven goals to lift North Melbourne to a 82-point win over Brisbane.

Tall prospects start moving up the AFL draft order

Emma Quayle When they imagined how the 2015 draft might look at the end of last year, recruiters did not see too many tall players filling the top part of the order. Their minds might be starting to change.

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North Melbourne veteran Dal Santo joins push for tighter drug testing

Emma Quayle North Melbourne player Nick Dal Santo would support regular in-season hair testing of players, so long as the identities of those found to be using illicit drugs were protected.

AFL draft: meet the new faces of New South Wales

Draft prospects Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper at Punt Road Oval on Tuesday.

Emma Quayle Isaac Heeney is safely tucked away in a red and white jumper, snapping left-footed game-sealers.