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.

Eddie McGuire says booing message is getting through to AFL fans

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.

Daniel Wells to undergo scans on sore calf

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.

Geelong to give fans the chance to farewell departing stars

Down and out: Steve Johnson and Cameron Guthrie leave the field on Friday after they were eliminated from this year's finals.

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.

Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey and the sling tackle to come under fresh scrutiny

Tiger Brett Deledio is helped by trainers after a sling tackle by Courtenay Dempsey

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.

The weekend agenda: five things to look forward to in round 22

Will it be a September miss for Tom Hawkins and Geelong?

Emma Quayle After the week that was in footyland, it's time to check out five things to look forward to in round 22.

Crows quick to rise from draft trauma

Smart choice: Eddie Betts.

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.

Jonathon Marsh was thrilled when he made the Magpies team, but there was good and bad that weekend

Highs and lows: Jonathon Marsh's hard work paid off when he made Collingwood's team four weeks ago. But his parents being robbed took some of the shine off.

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.

Rising Star award 2015: who's still to come?

Caleb Daniel.

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.

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Patient, persistent North Melbourne grind Fremantle down

Todd Goldstein kicked the sealer on the siren.

Emma Quayle Perth to Melbourne is not a quick trip, but this Fremantle team has never seemed like one that likes to bother unpacking.

Fremantle's Nat Fyfe reported, as North Melbourne beat Fremantle

Docker Nat Fyfe is challenged by North Melbourne's Ben Jacobs and Lachlan Hansen.

Emma Quayle Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will again face a nervy wait for the match review panel's findings.

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Luke Dahlhaus, a baby Western Bulldog no longer

Western Bulldogs footballer Luke Dahlhaus.

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.

Isaac Heeney's journey from the farm to the Sydney Swans

Trip to the big time: Sydney Swans Isaac Heeney.

Emma Quayle Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney was a junior footballing prodigy – but how good could he be?

Inside St Kilda: Why the Saints drafted Paddy McCartin

Paddy McCartin of the Saints.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle sat in on St Kilda's recruiting meetings throughout 2014 for her book The Draftees.

The AFL's new broadcasting rights deal: What $2.5 billion looks like

Emma Quayle

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.

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American Jason Holmes to debut for St Kilda this weekend

Story by: Emma Quayle
Photo: Ken Irwin KEN 2nd October 2013 The Age. Sport
Jason Holmes (USA) who was signed by St.Kilda

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.

Father-son rule change allows Bailey Rice a back-up plan

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.

Essendon may still be in for a big list upheaval, after James Hird's departure

Future uncertain: uncontracted Bomber Jake Carlisle.

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.

Lions aim to secure free agent Matt Suckling through the draft

Matt Suckling (right) joins Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell in singing the team song after the weekend win over Geelong.

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.

Western Bulldogs destroy Melbourne

Just look at that: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his four goals on Sunday.

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.

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin reveals the challenges of becoming captain

Captain and now family man Trent Cotchin is growing with the job.

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.