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.

North Melbourne quietly confident on Wells, Dal Santo injuries

Emma Quayle North Melbourne has begun to atone for its disappointing round one loss with a big win over Brisbane, but will have two of their star players on injury watch this week.

North Melbourne off the mark with big win over Brisbane

Jarrad Waite (right) celebrates one of his seven goals with veteran Brent Harvey.

Emma Quayle Key forward Jarrad Waite equals his career-best haul of seven goals to lift North Melbourne to a 82-point win over Brisbane.

Tall prospects start moving up the AFL draft order

Emma Quayle When they imagined how the 2015 draft might look at the end of last year, recruiters did not see too many tall players filling the top part of the order. Their minds might be starting to change.


North Melbourne veteran Dal Santo joins push for tighter drug testing

Emma Quayle North Melbourne player Nick Dal Santo would support regular in-season hair testing of players, so long as the identities of those found to be using illicit drugs were protected.

AFL draft: meet the new faces of New South Wales

Draft prospects Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper at Punt Road Oval on Tuesday.

Emma Quayle Isaac Heeney is safely tucked away in a red and white jumper, snapping left-footed game-sealers.

Hawthorn thumps Geelong to open premiership defence

Luke Breust celebrates a goal on Monday.

Emma Quayle If Hawthorn made one thing clear, it’s that they have no plans to sit around waiting for other clubs to catch them.

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AFL season 2015: New-look Melbourne stun Gold Coast Suns

Oh, what a feeling: Debutant Jesse Hogan after booting a goal.

Emma Quayle A new-look Melbourne have scored an upset 26-point AFL win over Gold Coast at the MCG.

Luke Hodge and Liam Shiels sign new deals with Hawks

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge and Liam Shiels in front of a promotional sign that supporters can take photos with before Monday’s Hawthorn-Geelong game at the MCG.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn has locked away two of the club’s most important current and future leaders, with captain Luke Hodge signing a one-year contract extension that will see him play on for a 15th season...

Academy teens get a taste of life in the AFL

Joel Selwood trained with the academy.

Emma Quayle It's almost 8pm and Kieran Agius is all talked out. The teenager has spent eight hours over two nights moving between tables at a golf club, being interviewed by 14 club recruiters.

Everything and nothing has changed for new Western Bulldog Tom Boyd

Western Bulldogs new recruit Tom Boyd.

Emma Quayle New Western Bulldog reflects on his road to the Western Bulldogs, and what he wants to do for his new team.

Now that it's all over... some thoughts on this year's AFL draft season

Kristian Jaksch.

Emma Quayle Some thoughts on this year's AFL draft period, which finished with Wednesday's rookie draft.

How Hawthorn made its mind up on Langford No.3

Family affair: Lachie Langford joins brother Will and father Chris in the rooms after the Hawks’ premiership win.

Emma Quayle This time last year Lachie Langford liked the idea of playing for Hawthorn, but was not sure how it could happen given he had simply not ever played much football.

Ahmed Saad and Nathan Krakouer tipped for second chances in AFL rookie draft

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Emma Quayle Ahmed Saad shapes as the most intriguing player leading into Wednesday's rookie draft, where Nathan Krakouer is likely to get a second chance at Port Adelaide.

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Number is right for new Bulldog Boyd

Favourite number: Tom Boyd sports the No. 17.

Emma Quayle Tom Boyd had no idea when he left on an Indonesian surf trip in October that he would be a Western Bulldog before his holiday was over.

Early days, but northern academies start boosting the AFL draft pool

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Emma Quayle In the months leading up to last Thursday’s draft it felt like New South Wales was represented by just one person.

Carlton-bound Jason Tutt may be sole pre-season draft pick

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Emma Quayle Carlton-bound Jason Tutt may be the only player selected in this week's pre-season draft, while St Kilda is considered more likely than not to give Ahmed Saad a second chance on the rookie list after...

AFL Draft 2014: Where did all the young ruckmen go?

One of the few: Marc Pittonet.

Emma Quayle Before Thursday night's draft one of the most common questions asked by recruiters was: where are all the ruckmen? As it turned out, they couldn't find them.

AFL draft 2014: how did your club fare?

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Emma Quayle The AFL national draft has come and gone for another year. Of course it will be hard to properly assess the hits and misses of the 18 AFL clubs for some years yet.

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Tall forward Paddy McCartin is the missing puzzle piece for St Kilda

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Emma Quayle This time last year Tom Boyd was wearing orange and charcoal, having his photograph taken on the beach and being celebrated as the No.1 draft pick.

AFL Draft 2014: Paddy McCartin to be Saints' No.1 pick

McCartin in action during the under 18 championships.

Emma Quayle St Kilda is expected to add a strong marking forward to its already underway rebuild, with Paddy McCartin set to join the club as the No. 1 pick in Thursday's AFL draft.