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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Kangaroos coach Brad Scott at a loss to explain slow starts

Emma Quayle North Melbourne will continue searching for the reasons behind its slow starts to games this year, after conceding the first seven goals in its 43-point loss to the slick, quick Gold Coast side on...

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Gold Coast’s early sprint leaves North Melbourne chasing game

Emma Quayle North Melbourne was getting the ball, holding onto it, using it well and kicking some goals. In almost every imaginable way it was back in the game, but by the half-time siren it was still three...

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Gold Coast upsets North Melbourne in AFL clash

Gary Ablett runs with the ball.

Emma Quayle Gary Ablett boots four goals including three in the final term to lead Gold Coast to a 43-point upset win over top-eight rivals North Melbourne.

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AFL may lift draft age as part of wide-ranging talent review

Players like No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd may receive extra help.

Emma Quayle The AFL may consider lifting the draft age, allowing clubs greater access to draft age players and expanding its elite national academy, as a result of its wide-ranging review of the talent pathway.

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Tall orders: where do the ruckmen come from?

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Emma Quayle When Brodie Grundy slipped to pick 18 in the AFL national draft two years ago not many recruiters could believe he had been left waiting that long, even those who had overlooked him.

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How Gary Ablett became just a little bit more perfect

Gary Ablett

Emma Quayle You probably thought it impossible. You probably thought there was no way Gary Ablett - two-time Brownlow medalist, five-time MVP, five-time best and fairest winner - could become an even more...

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Essendon hoping to add experience and height against Bulldogs

Set to return: Brendon Goddard.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to strengthen both its midfield and forward line for this week's match against the Bulldogs, with Brendon Goddard and Heath Hocking leading the likely inclusions.

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Adelaide to contemplate an early return for Taylor Walker

Taylor Walker during a training session in March.

Emma Quayle Adelaide will this week consider whether to usher Taylor Walker straight back into its senior side for its round seven game against Melbourne, or stick with an original plan to stretch the forward's...

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Adelaide posts nine-point win over Bulldogs

James Podsiadly and Matt Crouch celebrate a goal.

Emma Quayle Adelaide overcame a slow start and late scare to register a nine-point victory over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, the Crows' third win on the trot.

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Why this year's AFL draft looks the most even in years

Draft prospect Jake Lever ruptured his ACL at the end of last year.

Emma Quayle This time last year Tom Boyd was the number one draft pick in waiting. Lachie Whitfield was annointed 18 months out, Jon Patton was leading the way two or three weeks into his draft season and David...

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Angus Brayshaw happy to wait for draft opportunity

Emma Quayle Brayshaw could have been at an AFL club this minute, and could even be playing senior football. But he's not unhappy with his timing.

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Tom Lamb stars in AIS-AFL Academy's victory over European Legion

Impressive: Clem Smith during Saturday's game at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle Tom Lamb played on the wing, in all parts of the forward line and above all else, well. The teenager is one of the most versatile and unpredictably exciting players in this year's draft and he was...

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Meet Jermaine Miller-Lewis: artist, dancer, and football player in the making.

In a good place: 2014 AFL draft prospect Jermaine Miller-Lewis.

Emma Quayle When people ask Jermaine Miller-Lewis what he does, he wants to say he plays football. The first problem is he hasn't played it in a while.

Melbourne would be best, but Billy Stretch would love to play for any club

Emma Quayle Billy Stretch only needs to impress one club this year to get drafted. He hopes that club is Melbourne, where his father spent eight seasons. But if not, that's fine.

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Goddard is intense, organised and busy. But we're not talking about Brendon

2014 draft prospect Hugh Goddard trains with the AIS-AFL Academy at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle It wasn't until a few months ago that Hugh Goddard felt like he knew exactly what being an AFL player would be like.

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Teenagers show promise despite big loss to Collingwood

Emma Quayle When the AIS-AFL Academy played the Collingwood VFL side this time last year, Tom Boyd took 10 marks, kicked a goal and looked very much like a No.1 draft pick in waiting.

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Adelaide knocked back on father-son draftees, eight years after missing Bryce Gibbs

Bryce Gibbs

Emma Quayle Adelaide's 24-year wait to benefit from the father-son rule will continue beyond this season, with the Crows missing out on two potential draftees eight years after unsuccessfully pursuing Bryce...

For 25 years, Josh Clayton's father has drafted teenagers to AFL clubs. This year he hopes it's his turn.

Josh Clayton.

Emma Quayle When Josh Clayton was 15, he went to watch South Australia play in the under-18 championships. He sat with his father, who wanted to know which player he liked best, and choose a kid called Sam Mayes.

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No surgery for Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown leaves the field injured, during the game against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

Emma Quayle Collingwood defender Nathan Brown will miss the next four or five games, but has avoided season-ending surgery on the shoulder he dislocated in Saturday night's match against Sydney.

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Essendon and Carlton to wait and see on Patrick Ryder and Matthew Kreuzer

Paddy Ryder

Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Paddy Ryder will recover from a badly rolled ankle in time for Sunday night's game against Carlton, but the club may yet try to squeeze rookie-listed ruckman Jackson...