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.

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Cats excited about what lies ahead, with top four spot in sight

Emma Quayle Chris Scott will not argue with the people who keep telling him his Geelong side is no good, but is optimistic and excited about what lies ahead for the team that kept a top four spot in sight with a...

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Geelong grinds out an important win in the wet

Cat and Dog fight:  Geelong skipper Joel Selwood and Bulldog Koby Stevens come to grips.

Emma Quayle It was wet, windy and cold, but Geelong has a habit of not letting the weather conditions change how it goes about things.

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett's inconclusive scans delay diagnosis

Gary Ablett leaves the field in pain in the third quarter of the game against Collingwood.

Emma Quayle, Alana Schetzer Gary Ablett is having scans on his injured shoulder this morning, with results expected by mid-afternoon.

Bombers drop Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Port Adelaide

Emma Quayle Essendon has dropped 22-year veteran Dustin Fletcher for Saturday night’s game against Port Adelaide, but left the door open for his late inclusion.

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AFL retired and withdrew six players unable to control their drug use

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Emma Quayle The AFL has temporarily withdrawn three players with illicit drug problems from competition, and "retired" another three who were unable to control their addictions.

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Midfielders pushing up the order as the 2014 draft pool starts to take shape

Hands on AFL football

Emma Quayle When the new-look national championships began, the thinking was that the first part of this year's draft would be filled with tall players, and options at either end.

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Why Sydney won't be the only club to benefit from northern state academies

Isaac Heeney

Emma Quayle Sydney may not be the only club to benefit from its investment in the northern states’ academy system this year.

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Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon loses battle with cancer

Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon.

Emma Quayle Essendon is mourning the loss of former AFL club boss Graeme McMahon, who died on Tuesday.

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From Sudan to the AFL: three teenagers hoping to make the big time

AFL hopefuls: Mabior Chol, Gach Nyuon and Duom Dawam.

Emma Quayle Duom Dawam felt like his heart had been broken when he missed out on making the Vic Metro squad for this year’s under-18 championships.

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The teenager who chose footy over video games

Matthew Uebergang

Emma Quayle Matthew Uebergang had a decision to make. But he didn’t choose football ahead of basketball, soccer or any of the other sports that like to get their mitts on tall, quick and athletic...

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Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott's hamstring injury to be assessed after solid win over Carlton

Nathan Buckley and his players talk strategy during a break in the game.

Emma Quayle The Collingwood side that plays Gold Coast this week may be missing its leading goalkicker, with the tight hamstring that forced Jamie Elliott out of Sunday night’s win over Carlton to be...

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Chris Judd under no pressure to play on in 2015, says Mick Malthouse

Chris Judd celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Carlton coach Mick Malthouse does not plan to even ask Chris Judd whether his recaptured fitness and form will see him play on for a 14th season in 2015.

Eddie McGuire wants compensation for lowest Collingwood-Carlton crowd in 93 years

Eddie McGuire

Emma Quayle Eddie McGuire’s first phone call on Monday morning will be to AFL headquarters, demanding compensation for the “six-figure” sum lost to Collingwood.

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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Injured: Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle The season could be over for Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli after his latest hamstring injury.

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Draft prospect Darcy Moore ignoring the external noise

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Emma Quayle Darcy Moore has no say in whether Collingwood drafts him or which pick it must use to get him. To him, those conversations feel like “external noise,” and not the best reason to want...

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AFL umpire Simon Meredith on the mend after major health scare

Simon Meredith with wife Leiza and son Hamish.

Emma Quayle Simon Meredith felt fine, when he flew to Sydney two weeks ago to umpire the Swans’ game against Port Adelaide.

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The next generation of AFL players set to strut their stuff

Angus Brayshaw.

Emma Quayle For the first time ever, the national under-18 championships have been played over six home-and-away rounds.

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St Kilda's David Armitage in a hurry to help his teammates out

Emma Quayle David Armitage is planning as many extra swim, bike and running sessions as he can handle in the next few weeks, to help him provide St Kilda's young midfielders with the support he was offering them...

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Essendon hit with $20,000 fine for medical tests on draft hopefuls

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Emma Quayle Essendon has been fined $20,000 for testing potential draftees ahead of last year's national draft.

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West Coast defeats St Kilda for second successive win

West Coast's Nic Naitanui handballs away from Darren Minchington (left) and Lenny Hayes at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Emma Quayle West Coast has strung together back-to-back victories for the first time since the first three weeks of the AFL season.