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.

Tom Boyd is booked to fly north.

Dogs' Boyd to return against Suns

Tom Boyd will travel to Cairns with his Western Bulldogs teammates, clearing the way for a return to the senior team for this week's game against Gold Coast.

Geelong players

No sanction for Clark over sledge

Mitch Clark has told Geelong he over stepped the mark with his on-field sledge about teammate Mitch Duncan's sister, but will not be punished by the club.

Jack Silvagni: part of Carlton's next generation.

The balance the Blues must strike

The Blues feel good about themselves again. They have some of their morale back, some of their old self-assurance. Much of their work for this year is already done. But not all of it.