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.

Fyfe, Johnson due back for Perth derby, but McPharlin may miss

Emma Quayle Ross Lyon expects to take a strengthened Fremantle side into next weekend's top-of-the-ladder clash with West Coast.

Dockers' talls leave Saints falling short

Heads he wins: Aaron Sandilands and Tom Hickey wrestle for possession.

Emma Quayle It is a well-established fact that Aaron Sandilands is tall. Extremely tall. And hard to move, get around or jump over.

New AFL future trading system to come with restrictions

Emma Quayle Clubs will have to use at least two first-round draft picks in a rolling four year period under the proposed new rules for the trading of future draft picks.

How the Western Bulldogs' forwards are sharing the love

Sharing the love: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle How does Jake Stringer feel about kicking a goal? Well, he'll do it. If he really, really, really, really has to.

Carlton happy to wait for new coach

Lygon Street limbo: While the search for a new coach goes on, Blues players promote the AFL's multicultural round in Carlton.

Emma Quayle Carlton is prepared to wait until the very end of the season to welcome their new coach, should be have finals commitments to see through with another club.

Western Bulldogs look towards September with big win over Essendon

Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs start pushing towards the top four with an 87 point win over Essendon.

The team effort that saved Jason Cripps' life

Recovered: Port's Jason Cripps.

Emma Quayle Incredible luck - and the quick thinking of his friends and colleagues - helped saved Jason Cripps' life after he collapsed of a heart attack in Perth last month.

Draft prospects to avoid drug strikes under new testing regime

A kit for testing blood and urine.

Emma Quayle Draft prospects who test positive to illicit drugs under the AFL's widened testing program will not carry any strikes into their senior careers.

American AFL prospects on trial in Melbourne

Emma Quayle Kye Kurkowski had never heard of Australian rules football when he was invited to trial at the US combine in Florida, let alone considered whether he would be any good at it.

AFL commission trading future draft picks

Potential trade: Adam Treloar of the Giants.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle All clubs will be free to trade future draft picks in this year's trade period after the AFL commission approved the move at a meeting Tuesday.

Promising Western Bulldog pair sign new deals

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have signed another pair of promising young players to new deals.

Jake Lever becomes Adelaide's latest Rising Star

Emma Quayle This time last year Jake Lever was seven months into his recovery from a knee reconstruction, so focused on his rehab that he didn't stop to think how it would affect his spot in the draft order.

After a teenage ruckman in this year's draft? Keep looking

Invited: Dandenong's Gach Nyuon.

Emma Quayle For the second year in a row clubs looking to draft a teenage ruckman will be choosing from a limited pool.

Darcy Moore's five-goal game gives Collingwood something to smile about

Darcy Moore competes for the ball against Dale Morris of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle Darcy Moore was a Collingwood supporter long before he got to the club and felt the same way most Collingwood supporters would have felt on Sunday night.

Western Bulldogs see off Collingwood

Bailey Dale celebrates a goal with Caleb Daniel.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs appear destined to play in the finals in Luke Beveridge's first year in charge after they overcame Collingwood by 18 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Jack Viney learning to find his way in the game he loves

Emma Quayle Jack Viney had been waiting, waiting, waiting. Not all that patiently, either. By the time he got to play his first game for Melbourne he had been around the club for more than two years as a...

Jed Adcock and Troy Chaplin have come a long way to celebrate their 200th AFL games

Emma Quayle The day after they were drafted, Jed Adcock met Troy Chaplin at the Maryborough Oval. After growing up in the same town, sharing rides to basketball tournaments and playing in many of the same...

Harley Bennell opens up: 'I thought they would chuck my contract out'

Back for the Suns this week: Harley Bennell.

Emma Quayle Three days after he woke up and saw himself on the front page of the paper, Harley Bennell thought he had played his last game for Gold Coast.

Demons pass 2014 mark by notching fifth win

Demon Jesse Hogan celebrates a goal against Brisbane at the MCG

Emma Quayle Melbourne has recorded its fifth win for the season, a milestone coach Paul Roos considers an important step in his side's development given where it has come from in recent years.

Demons do enough to get win against Brisbane Lions

Jack Viney did some heavy lifting at the stoppages.

Emma Quayle An impressive first-half display from Melbourne set up their 24-point win over Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday.