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.

A family affair: Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal

Cyril Rioli: Best on ground.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn playmaker Cyril Rioli was a popular winner of the prestigious Norm Smith Medal, voted best on ground by a panel of five judges at the 2015 AFL grand final.

AFL grand final 2015: How the Hawks, Eagles were built

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge waves to the crowd during Friday's grand final parade.

Emma Quayle If good recruiting can be reduced to picking talented players and keeping them at the club, it should surprise no-one that West Coast is the team trying to tear Hawthorn down on grand final day.

Jake Carlisle set to speak with St Kilda

Generating interest: Jack Carlisle.

Emma Quayle Jake Carlisle will meet with St Kilda on Friday, having returned from an overseas holiday to start making a decision on where he wants to play next year.

Recruiters to get last look at potential draft bidding targets

Emma Quayle The grand final day curtain-raiser will take on added significance this year, as clubs prepare for the introduction of future trading and the new draft night bidding system.

AFL finals 2015: Fourth time lucky for Hawthorn's Ryan Schoenmakers?

Positive attitude: Hawthorn's Ryan Schoenmakers says staying positive and training well is the key to changing his grand final luck.

Emma Quayle In 2012, Ryan Schoenmakers played in the grand final but the Hawks lost to Sydney. In the flag years of 2013 and 2014, he wasn't selected. Is this his year?

The Age best grand final, No.4: 2010

No winners: Collingwood and St Kilda players react to the siren in the drawn grand final.

Emma Quayle The Age asked for your favourite grand final of all time and we are counting down the top five through grand final week. Here, at No.

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AFL grand final 2015: There's room for me and Jack Gunston, says Ryan Schoenmakers

I'm a Schoe: Ryan Schoenmakers celebrates a goal against Fremantle

Emma Quayle Ryan Schoenmakers believes there is room in Hawthorn's forward line for both him and Jack Gunston, should Gunston recover from his ankle injury in time for the grand final.

Young footballer Sam McLarty wired up for grand final challenge

Emma Quayle Sam McLarty has a bionic ear, but the only time he feels any different from his teammates at the Oakleigh Chargers is when he has to remove the small black processor from above his right ear at night...

Western Bulldogs bring in AFL to investigate 'leak' to Adelaide Crows

Bob Murphy

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have asked the AFL to investigate the alleged leaking of sensitive game-day information to Adelaide in the elimination final.

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Geelong midfielder Jarrad Jansen bound for Brisbane

Geelong logo.

Emma Quayle  Geelong's Jarrad Jansen looks set to join Brisbane during next month's trade period.

AFL finals 2015: Callum Sinclair's long-and-winding road to the West Coast Eagles

Callum Sinclair.

Emma Quayle You might have missed Callum Sinclair when he played for the Collingwood VFL team.

North Melbourne's Taylor Garner finally 'ready for the big league'

Reason to smile: Taylor Garner has worked hard for his spot.

Emma Quayle The first time it happened, Taylor Garner did not think he needed to worry too much. He didn't think he needed to worry at all, really. "I was wrong," Garner said. "I was really wrong."

Dylan Grimes re-signs with Richmond for another three years

 Dylan Grimes.

Emma Quayle Richmond defender Dylan Grimes has agreed to a new contract that will keep him at the club for a further three years.

Keep or trade?: what the Giants could do with Cameron McCarthy

Tough call: The Giants' promising forward Cameron McCarthy.

Emma Quayle When the statement arrived from Greater Western Sydney late last week - the one saying the club had categorically rejected Cameron McCarthy's request for a trade - it came with a bit of deja vu.

AFL trades 2015: Harley Bennell, Jarrad Grant and Jed Lamb consider their options

Harley Bennell was sacked by the Suns after being given a public nuisance notice outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

Emma Quayle Harley Bennell has gone home to Perth to begin contemplating his next move.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne through, Tiger hearts broken again

Relief and pain: North celebrate while Tiger hearts break.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne will play Sydney for a spot in the preliminary finals, after condemning Richmond to a third consecutive first-week finals exit.

AFL finals 2015: Jake Stringer has the score on the board in big games

Confident: Jake Stringer packs a punch.

Emma Quayle In one of his first few games, the story goes that Jake Stringer wandered up to an assistant coach and asked how he should handle a highly accomplished and much more experienced opponent.

Brisbane Lions determined not to lose Sam Mayes

Off limits: Brisbane will refuse to trade Sam Mayes

Emma Quayle  The Brisbane Lions say they will refuse to trade contracted forward Sam Mayes, who is interested in a move back to Adelaide, while intrigue builds around James Aish.

AFL finals 2015: How Western Bulldog Hunter went from risk to safe bet

Lachie Hunter

Emma Quayle The Bulldogs midfielder has put his early season wobbles behind him.

How AFL Rising Star Jesse Hogan learnt the hard way at Melbourne

Melbourne's hero: Rising Star winner Jesse Hogan.

Emma Quayle After missing his first season with a back injury, Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan has won the 2015 Rising Star award.

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