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.

AFL plans US-style draft days

Caroline Wilson, Emma Quayle An American-style interactive national draft extravaganza is being shaped by the AFL with the first stages to be unveiled to the 18 club chiefs on Thursday.

South Australian police interviewing Alastair Clarkson over clash with fan

Alastair Clarkson.

Emma Quayle South Australian police are interviewing Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson over his confrontation with a fan outside the team hotel in Adelaide last month.

How Western Bulldogs' Jake Stringer came back stronger

 Western Bulldogs footballer Jake Stringer with his partner Abby and their daughter Milla.

Emma Quayle People told Jake Stringer AFL footy wouldn't be fun, having a baby would be hard work and it would take him more than two years to get over his broken leg. They were right about one of them.

Western Bulldogs appoint fourth female director, in an AFL first

Leadership team: Board members (clockwise from left) Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Gaye Hamilton, Susan Alberti and Fiona McGauchie.

Emma Quayle Women are on the cusp of parity with men for representation on the Western Bulldogs' board following their unprecedented appointment of a fourth female director.

Sam Docherty a bright spot for Blues after tough start

Sam Docherty wants the Blues to get better and he wants to be someone who helps make sure that happens.

Emma Quayle Sam Docherty's first few months as a Carlton player were emotionally challenging. He feels like they have made him a stronger, more confident person.

Bulldogs' bold calls at the draft table start to pay off

The Western Bulldogs celebrate after defeating the Sydney Swans.

Emma Quayle It didn't take long for Simon Dalrymple to get people talking. That's what happens when you are the Western Bulldogs' brand new recruiting manager and you use your first draft pick on a kid with a...

Bombers with work still to do, says coach James Hird

Bombers Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd  celebrate the win over St Kilda on Sunday.

Emma Quayle  Essendon must improve their contested work to match it against the best sides, according to coach James Hird.

North Melbourne's Robin Nahas handles pressing matters


Emma Quayle Robbie Nahas understood why North Melbourne club wanted to move him to the rookie list to free up an extra pick in the national draft, and he also knew he had been in the team, playing well, when he...

AFL clubs keen to speak to discarded cricketer Alex Keath

Back on the footy radar: Alex Keath.

Emma Quayle Discarded Victorian cricketer Alex Keath would be a realistic chance to find a new home in the AFL should he decide to return to the sport he quit five years ago.

How Melbourne built Jesse Hogan

Emma Quayle When Jesse Hogan's highly exciting fourth game of AFL football was discussed late last Friday night, one word was used a lot.

Western Bulldogs defender Michael Talia finds his feet

Emma Quayle In his fourth senior game, Michael Talia was trusted to take care of Adelaide's power forward Taylor Walker on Sunday.

Fast and ferocious Western Bulldogs deliver Adelaide's first loss

Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his six goals against Adelaide on Sunday.

Emma Quayle So many words could be used to describe the way the Western Bulldogs played in the first half of Sunday's game that it was little wonder most of the Adelaide players had a 'hang on, wait, what?' look...

The Blues' print: how to rebuild Carlton

Looking on the bright side: Patrick Cripps is one of the Blues’ best young prospects.

Emma Quayle A five-step plan to get Carlton back on track.

Sam Docherty signs on with Carlton

Docherty has been one of the club's best players in the first three rounds.

Emma Quayle Carlton is close to finalising a new contract for defender Sam Docherty, whose impressive early season form has been a highlight of the club's otherwise poor start to the year.

The important role Sydney's Isaac Heeney could play

Isaac Heeney crashes into the goal post at the SCG.

Emma Quayle When Isaac Heeney arrived at last November's draft he started to wish he was in it, that he wasn't already tied to Sydney and that he would get to find out where the recruiters really rated him and...

Back after 19 months, Brendan Whitecross has new plans

Emma Quayle The first time Brendan Whitecross organised a post-season trip with his father, he wrecked his knee in a qualifying final.

Western Bulldogs facing fresh injury worries after loss to Hawks

Bulldog Dale Morris marks ahead of Paul Puopolo of the Hawks.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs early-season momentum has been halted by a back-in-form Hawthorn side and a fresh set of injuries, with Mitch Wallis and Dale Morris both likely to miss a number of weeks.

Hawthorn too good for depleted Western Bulldogs

Luke Hodge put in a masterful performance.

Emma Quayle Luke Hodge leads Hawthorn to a convincing 70-point win over an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs side in Launceston.

David Armitage's new job: to fast-track the Saints

Armitage never wanted to be anywhere other than St Kilda, even given his long wait.

Emma Quayle David Armitage had half an ear torn almost right from his head as a teenager, but kept playing. Last year he cut his knee open so badly that he could see through to the kneecap.

AFL considers northern academy opt-out clause

AFL draft prospects Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper.

Emma Quayle The expected growth of the four northern academies could lead to future prospects being presented with an "opt-out" clause, allowing them to instead choose to enter the national draft.