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.

Bob Murphy watches the Footscray VFL side celebrate their grand final win on Sunday.

It's business as usual for Bob's Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs will be inspired by captain Bob Murphy's business-as-usual attitude more than the heartbreaking injury that will have him sit out the grand final, according to his stand-in.

Playing hurt: Tom Boyd

Surgery awaits for Boyd

Western Bulldogs forward Tom Boyd will undergo major shoulder surgery at the end of the club's season.