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.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne's capitulation to Collingwood left coach Brad Scott feeling as disgusted, appalled and shattered as he has ever been in his time at the club.
Emma Quayle Aaron Francis took a dozen marks on Saturday, as South Australia beat Vic Metro to notch their first win of the national championships. But there was much more to it than that.
Emma Quayle, Jesse Hogan Alex Keath has not closed the door on a possible return to football, with clubs told he is open to talking with them at the end of the season.
Emma Quayle Not many people rupture their knee in their very first AFL game. Richmond youngster Nathan Drummond talks about his best and most miserable day.
Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Jason Winderlich will have a part to play in its season, with the veteran close to returning from significant back problems.
Emma Quayle When the AFL released its new bidding system for father-son prospects last week, Bailey Rice was tagged in a Facebook link to an article explaining how it would work.
Emma Quayle Rhys Mathieson wasn't watching when his Vic Country teammates launched the piece of play that saw them snatch an after-the-siren win over Vic Metro in their opening game of the national under-18...
Emma Quayle Clubs will lose multiple draft picks, potentially over two seasons, to secure highly regarded father-son and academy players under the AFL's new points-based bidding system.
Emma Quayle The new bidding system is highly complicated. But it is infinitely fairer than the current set-up, looks fairly bulletproof, guards against bluffing and opens the door to something every list manager...
Emma Quayle Can Port Adelaide still win the premiership? It was the last thing on Ken Hinkley's mind after watching his side get beaten by Brisbane on the weekend.
Emma Quayle It snowed in Ballarat on the day Yestin Eades moved there from Western Australia nine months ago. But it was a move he knew he had to make.
Emma Quayle Nathan Krakouer was living north of Kalgoorlie, labouring all day and playing amateur football on the weekends. Then his old club called.
Emma Quayle Collingwood has extended the contracts of three of the club's promising young players, with Darcy Moore, Jordan De Goey and Jackson Ramsay agreeing to new deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Emma Quayle Essendon must improve their contested work to match it against the best sides, according to coach James Hird.