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.

AFL draft season 2015: the wash-up

Emma Quayle The 2015 off-season is over, and clubs have their complete lists in place for 2016. Here are some of the talking points from the national and rookie drafts.

Collingwood feared Essendon's interest in suspended defender Lachlan Keeffe

Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe.

Emma Quayle Collingwood used their first selection in Friday's rookie draft on Lachlan Keeffe because they suspected Essendon was interested in the suspended defender.

Clubs pass on pre-season draft

Emma Quayle Free agency has rendered the pre-season almost irrelevant, with no club to make a selection in Friday's draft for the first time.

Ten players to look out for in the AFL rookie draft

Reuben William was in the mix for a couple of clubs, but in the end no-one bid for the Lions Academy graduate.

Emma Quayle The 2015 draft season ends on Friday, with the rookie draft. Here are some players who might get their chance.

The Josh Dunkley dilemma: why Sydney opted out

Josh Dunkley was one of the most intriguing stories in Tuesday night's draft.

Emma Quayle Why Josh Dunkley was passed up by Sydney at Tuesday's AFL draft.

AFL national draft 2015: Your club's approach

Blues brothers: NSW draft picks Matthew Kennedy (GWS), Callum Mills (Sydney Swans) and Jacob Hopper (GWS).

Emma Quayle Every AFL club's draft selections analysed.

AFL Draft 2015: Essendon draftees to add energy and speed

Essendon coach John Worsfold shakes hands with Aaron Francis.

Emma Quayle Essendon's new group of recruits will add to the feeling of energy and optimism around the club, list manager Adrian Dodoro said after overseeing one of the club's most important drafts in recent...

Blues, Bombers and Demons start building their own future

The top three draft picks: Callum Mills, Jacob Weitering and Joshua Schache.

Emma Quayle The 2015 draft could become a turning point for any of the 18 clubs. But it could become an especially important night for Carlton, Essendon and Melbourne.

Who will your club pick in the AFL draft?

It would be one of the biggest draft shocks ever if Weitering didn't become a Blue.

Emma Quayle Age football writer Emma Quayle predicts who your club will select in the first round of Tuesday's AFL draft.

AFL Draft 2015: What are 'hidden' AFL draft picks?

Eric Hipwood is one of the academy players who could activate a hidden pick.

Emma Quayle The AFL has added another new concept to this year's draft - "hidden" picks.

Club-by-club guide to the AFL draft: part 2

On the Bulldogs' radar: Darcy Tucker.

Emma Quayle Club-by-club guide to the AFL national draft: part 2. What your club has, what it needs and who it could be looking at.

AFL warns clubs against draft collusion

Brisbane Lions academy footballer and AFL draft prospect Eric Hipwood.

Emma Quayle The AFL has contacted clubs picking at the top end of the draft order to remind them that any side agreements not to bid on northern academy players would be a breach of the rules.

Josh Dunkley nominates as Sydney father-son draftee

More time: Josh Dunkley, son of former Swan Andrew.

Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley has chosen the Swans over the open draft.

Which players will help shape the AFL draft order?

Clayton Oliver of Murray Bushrangers poses for a photograph during the 2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine Headshot session at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on October 09, 2015. (Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media)  2015 AFL Draft:

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Emma Quayle Clayton Oliver missed most of the pre-season through injury, didn't make the Vic Country team and then bulldozed his way through the second half of the Murray Bushrangers' season, winning the Morrish...

Club-by-club guide to the AFL draft: part 2

The top 10 draft picks from the 2014 AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Part one of our guide to what clubs need in the AFL draft.

AFL draft 2015: Gach Nyuon's big leap

High hopes: South Sudan-born Gach Nyuon with his family.

Emma Quayle From a Kenyan refugee camp, to lunchtime kick-to-kick, to a shot at an AFL career, Gach Nyuon has come an awfully long way.

AFL draft 2015: Josh Schache follows his late father's footsteps

Josh Schache in his home town of Seymour

Emma Quayle Likely No.2 pick Josh Schache was only five the night his father died. Now the national draft could send him to Brisbane, where Laurence Schache played for the Bears.

AFL draft 2015: Jade Gresham a potential Boomer recruit

Hard worker: AFL draft hopeful Jade Gresham has left no stone unturned in improving himself as a footballer.

Emma Quayle  Draft prospect Jade Gresham has been learning from the best.

Not a mock draft: the top 30 kids in this year's AFL draft

Rugged and tough: Jacob Hopper (left) is a player who gets things started.

Emma Quayle If next week's draft had feelings, you would want to give it a hug. All year long we've heard about how weak, shallow and ordinary it is. It's been a rough nine months.

AFL draft 2015: Luke Partington found comfort in footy after the death of his father

Draft prospect Luke Partington is coming to the end of a tough year

Emma Quayle The thing Luke Partington remembers most about the last day he spent with his dad is how normal it was. He didn't think it was a day he was going to have to remember.