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.

Club-by-club guide to the 2014 AFL draft: part one

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Emma Quayle Everything you need to know for the AFL Draft with your club-by-club guide to your team's draft needs, hopes and dreams.

Top draft slot still up for grabs, but Giants hold the keys to first-round order

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Emma Quayle Top draft slot still up for grabs, but Giants hold the keys to first round order 

2014 AFL draft a level playing field for recruiters

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Emma Quayle Not a mock draft: the draft order won't be decided until November 27, but here our draft expert ranks her top 30 prospects in order.

Draft prospect Sam Durdin's lessons in multitasking

Sam Durdin has faced a steep learning curve since moving from the family farm to an Adelaide high school aged 15.

Emma Quayle Sam Durdin is one of the most versatile prospects in this year's AFL draft. But learning to be that way has taken a bit of effort.

AFL draft: Keilor's fab 5 set for the big time

The Keilor five: Corey Ellis, Nick O’Kearney, Damien Cavka, Paul Ahern and Jayden Laverde. All seem set for AFL clubs, although O’Kearney will have to wait until next year.

Emma Quayle It is not often that four boys from the same junior club have their names called in the same draft.

Family and football, the widening world of Francis Watson

Making his mark:  Francis Watson, apprentice diesel mechanic and draft hopeful.

Emma Quayle Francis Watson was nervous. He had just finished playing his last game for Western Australia, and the team had won for the first time all year.

Nakia Cockatoo's sensational seven-day season

Possible draft pick Nakia Cockatoo trains with the Territory’s Southern District Crocs.

Emma Quayle A short burst of brilliance has put a Darwin teen on clubs’ radars.

AFL draft: How draft prospect Jake Lever found other ways to be noticed

Jake Lever often finds his rehabilitation a solo slog.

Emma Quayle In the countdown to the AFL National Draft, key defender Jake Lever finds ways to show the recruiters what he can do after a serious knee injury ends his final season of junior football before it has...

Taylor Hunt to find new home at Richmond

Taylor Hunt played 63 games in his five years with Geelong, becoming a regular senior player in 2012 playing as a run-with midfielder.

Emma Quayle Taylor Hunt's career will continue at Richmond next year, with the Tigers set to sign the delisted Geelong midfielder as a free agent.

Sydney Swans to challenge AFL trade ban


Emma Quayle Sydney will ask the AFL Commission to overturn its trade ban at its regular meeting in December, arguing the club is being penalised for following league rules.

New AFL rule helped Port Adelaide land Paddy Ryder

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16:  Patrick Ryder of the Bombers handballs during the round 21 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide has taken advantage of the AFL's new equalisation rules to boost its premiership chances by adding Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder to its top-four side.

Melbourne snares Sam Frost in 11th-hour plunge

Ex-GWS player Sam Frost i son his way to Melbourne.

Emma Quayle St Kilda's interest in uncontracted GWS player Sam Frost prompted Melbourne to give up its second-round selection for the defender in the lasy 10 minutes of trading.

Mitch Hallahan traded from Hawks to Suns

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Emma Quayle Mitch Hallahan has moved from Hawthorn to Gold Coast on the final day of trading.

The game-changing deal for Bulldogs and Giants

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Emma Quayle The temptation in trade week is to pick an immediate winner, as soon as each deal goes through.

AFL trade news: Paddy Ryder standoff to continue into final day

Fresh negotiations: Paddy Ryder.

Emma Quayle, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson The Patrick Ryder impasse remained unresolved on Wednesday night, after a mediation session failed to result in a deal between Essendon and Port Adelaide.

Tom Boyd backflip: Dogs to tip in nearly $1m towards Ryan Griffen's Giant deal

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Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle In the most dramatic day of action in the history of the draft and trading system Tom Boyd has become a Bulldog on unprecedented terms in exchange for the Dogs captain Ryan Griffen.

Blockbuster deal for Tom Boyd and Ryan Griffen done

The Giants are refusing to release Tom Boyd.

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson A blockbuster deal in which Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen would be traded for Greater Western Sydney's Tom Boyd is looking increasingly likely.

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Essendon and Port Adelaide in mediation over Patrick Ryder trade

The Paddy Ryder impasse continues to drag on.

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle Essendon and Port Adelaide have gone into formal mediation, as the impasse over Paddy Ryder continued for a ninth day.

Kristian Jaksch, Mark Whiley join Carlton in trade from GWS

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Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall The sudden burst of trading action on Wednesday has continued with Carlton lodging its trade deal to secure the Giants' Kristian Jaksch.

Giants and Bulldogs dig in on Tom Boyd-Ryan Griffen trade

The Giants are refusing to release Tom Boyd.

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney continued their staring competition on Tuesday, with the Giants adamant Tom Boyd would not be traded despite his manager's claim that he would leave in...