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.

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AFL places new restrictions on club runners

Emma Quayle The AFL has further reduced the role of runners, telling clubs they may not be used to coach players on the ground or direct set plays.

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Essendon investigation has gone on too long, says AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick

Emma Quayle AFL acknowledges the likelihood that the Essendon drugs saga will drag on into season 2015.

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Good Friday clash could be rotated between clubs

The Bulldogs and North Melbourne have been lobbying the AFL for their own blockbuster clash.

Emma Quayle The AFL has announced that AFL football may be played on Good Friday for the first time in 2015.

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Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

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Essendon players won't be split by ASADA, says Paul Little

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Emma Quayle Essendon unsuccessfully requested that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority hold off posting show cause notices to its players until after Sunday’s game against Melbourne, so that the...

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Chris Dawes' new reality

Chris Dawes doesn’t feel like he’s played overly well since he has been back, and yet people have kept telling him he’s been in good form.

Emma Quayle Chris Dawes was away overseas when it came time to choose a new club. Four things about Melbourne had appealed to him, from when it became clear he needed a new club.

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Levi Greenwood knows the value of rushing slowly

Pumped: Levi Greenwood.

Emma Quayle Levi Greenwood was coming into the last year of his contract but didn’t worry when a sore foot kept him from running for much of the summer.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson starts his slow return to work

Alastair Clarkson.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has begun a gradual and low-key return to work, sitting in on the occasional meeting as he continues to recover from his auto-immune condition.

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Clubs push for veteran concessions

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is one of three current veterans at the club.

Emma Quayle Clubs will lobby for long-serving players contracted beyond 2016 to remain eligible for veteran’s list concessions.

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Paul Roos bemused by disallowed goal

Melbourne's Bernie Vince makes sure he is in possession as Collingwood's Jamie Elliott slips an exploratory hand to investigate.

Emma Quayle Melbourne coach Paul Roos was left perplexed after a Bernie Vince goal was disallowed during the third quarter of the Demons' loss to Collingwood at the MCG on Monday.

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Nathan Buckley admits win against Melbourne wouldn't make Footy Flashbacks

Pie-eyed: Collingwood's Dane Swan cops some attention from Demon Tom McDonald.

Emma Quayle While Nathan Buckley agreed his team’s fourth straight Queen’s Birthday win over Melbourne was an “ugly” one that wouldn’t make too many episodes of Footy Flashbacks, he...

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Who wants to be the No. 1 draft pick?

Peter Wright stretches for a mark against Vic Country last month. He missed the game on Sunday.

Emma Quayle The new under-18 competition is halfway through, and has raised more questions than it has answered about the pointy end of this year’s draft..

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The best day of Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden's life

Luke Lowden comes to grips with Nic Naitanui.

Emma Quayle Every time Luke Lowden crawled close to the start of the queue, the line got even longer.

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Jarryd Roughead's Hawks restore their pride against Eagles

Luke Lowden celebrates a goal on debut

Emma Quayle Jarryd Roughead’s dented pride helped propel him to one of his best-ever matches for a more settled and better prepared Hawthorn side on Saturday, with the forward kicking eight goals in the...

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Jarryd Roughead kicks eight as Hawthorn overwhelms West Coast

Jarryd Roughead (second from right) flies for a mark.

Emma Quayle The storyline leading in was about who Hawthorn didn’t have, and what West Coast hasn’t been able to do.

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What Jake Carlisle learnt over coffee with Wayne Carey

Leading from the back: Jake Carlisle was at his best in defence in Essendon’s big win.

Emma Quayle Jake Carlisle's determination to master his new role in the Essendon side led him to approach one of the game's greatest centre half-forwards for advice on how to better play the position.

Clubs to bank unspent cap

Salary cap breach.

Emma Quayle Clubs will be able to bank unspent salary cap money for future use, opening the door for struggling clubs to target star players once they are more financially secure.

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Dom Tyson happy to be at Melbourne, no second thoughts about trade

Emma Quayle Dom Tyson didn’t get too caught up in what Melbourne gave up to get him. Nor has the premature debate about whether the Demons or Giants ''won'' the trade involving him, Josh Kelly and...

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How Brayden Maynard almost became Adelaide's first father-son draftee

Brayden Maynard

Emma Quayle Had Peter Maynard played four more games for Glenelg, his son Brayden would have been tied to Adelaide, and possibly become the club's first father-son draftee at the end of this season.

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Why Demons' recruit Dom Tyson is glad Paul Roos rang back

Dom Tyson is repaying the Demons' faith in him.

Emma Quayle The first time Paul Roos rang, Dom Tyson didn’t see too much point in calling back.