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.
Emma Quayle Collingwood president Eddie McGuire believes "the message" about dehumanising players by subjecting them to unnecessary abuse is starting to sink in with football fans.
Emma Quayle Daniel Wells' chances of making a late-season return to the North Melbourne side will become clearer after he has scans on Monday.
Emma Quayle Geelong will decide in the next few days how to best manage the public exit of some of their much-loved veteran players.
Emma Quayle The slam tackle will again be placed on the match review panel's Monday morning agenda, with Essendon defender Courtenay Dempsey the latest player to come under scrutiny.
Emma Quayle After the week that was in footyland, it's time to check out five things to look forward to in round 22.
Emma Quayle A delaide aren't supposed to be back in the hunt for a finals spot. Not yet, anyway. The Crows are meant to be piecing things back together.
Emma Quayle It was the best weekend ever when Jonathon Marsh made the Collingwood team for the first time, but for his parents, there was good – and there was bad.
Emma Quayle Jesse Hogan v Patrick Cripps was the subplot to Sunday's Melbourne-Carlton game, and the Carlton midfielder had the better day of the Rising Star favourites.
Emma Quayle Perth to Melbourne is not a quick trip, but this Fremantle team has never seemed like one that likes to bother unpacking.
Emma Quayle Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will again face a nervy wait for the match review panel's findings.
Emma Quayle Once upon a time, Luke Dahlhaus was the young Western Bulldog. He was energetic, enthusiastic and he kicked clever goals, though he has another theory on why he so quickly became a favourite.
Emma Quayle Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney was a junior footballing prodigy – but how good could he be?
Emma Quayle Emma Quayle sat in on St Kilda's recruiting meetings throughout 2014 for her book The Draftees.
Emma Quayle If you broke the AFL's new broadcasting deal down into $100 notes and piled them up next to Buddy Franklin, they would make Sydney's highly-paid superstar look tiny.
Emma Quayle St Kilda's American recruit Jason Holmes will play his first game for the club on Saturday, less than two years after being signed by the club as an international rookie.
Emma Quayle Bailey Rice will be able to nominate as a father-son prospect for both Carlton and St Kilda, under a proposed tweak to the new bidding system being introduced this year.
Emma Quayle Essendon was heading towards an uncertain, challenging off-season, at the start of this week. Perhaps even more challenging than the last two rough-and-tumble trade periods, which is saying something.
Emma Quayle Hawthorn could lose premiership defender Matthew Suckling for nothing should he take up a lucrative offer to join Brisbane at the end of the season.
Emma Quayle It was late in the first quarter and a Melbourne player had the ball in his hands, two or maybe three kicks from goal.
Emma Quayle Things have changed since Trent Cotchin became Richmond's captain, almost four years ago, not understanding exactly what he was in for but knowing it was what he wanted. He got married, to Brooke.