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.

AFL

Adelaide knocked back on father-son draftees, eight years after missing Bryce Gibbs

Bryce Gibbs

Emma Quayle Adelaide's 24-year wait to benefit from the father-son rule will continue beyond this season, with the Crows missing out on two potential draftees eight years after unsuccessfully pursuing Bryce...

For 25 years, Josh Clayton's father has drafted teenagers to AFL clubs. This year he hopes it's his turn.

Josh Clayton.

Emma Quayle When Josh Clayton was 15, he went to watch South Australia play in the under-18 championships. He sat with his father, who wanted to know which player he liked best, and choose a kid called Sam Mayes.

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No surgery for Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown leaves the field injured, during the game against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

Emma Quayle Collingwood defender Nathan Brown will miss the next four or five games, but has avoided season-ending surgery on the shoulder he dislocated in Saturday night's match against Sydney.

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Essendon and Carlton to wait and see on Patrick Ryder and Matthew Kreuzer

Paddy Ryder

Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Paddy Ryder will recover from a badly rolled ankle in time for Sunday night's game against Carlton, but the club may yet try to squeeze rookie-listed ruckman Jackson...

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Scott goes to the defence of Harvey, North's 'heart and soul'

Brent Harvey

Emma Quayle Brent Harvey kicked three second-half goals to help North Melbourne push past the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, prompting Brad Scott to defend the champion onballer from criticism of his round-one...

North Melbourne's tough, scrappy first win suits coach Brad Scott fine

Emma Quayle Brad Scott would like to see his North Melbourne team play with more polish, but was satisfied with his players' willingness to grind out their first win for the season against the Western Bulldogs...

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North Melbourne off the mark with a round two win over the Western Bulldogs

Big kick: Luke Dahlhaus snaps at goal.

Emma Quayle Bulldogs got only so far, two kicks out, before North found a way to get the ball back and push it back in.

AFL

After eight years, Daniel Currie plays his first AFL game

Daniel Currie marks in front of Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle Daniel Currie had been an AFL footballer for seven years, without really ever being one.

Daniel Currie debuts for North Melbourne after an eight-year wait

Emma Quayle More than eight years after he was first drafted, Daniel Currie will play his first AFL game for North Melbourne on Sunday.

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Watts to line up for Melbourne in Sunday's game against West Coast

Jack Watts.

Emma Quayle Melbourne's injury woes have not stretched to Jack Watts, with the midfielder-in-the-making named to play in Sunday's match against West Coast.

Matthew Kreuzer, Matthew Watson late withdrawals for Carlton's match against Richmond

Matthew Kreuzer.

Emma Quayle Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is set to miss Thursday night's game against Richmond, due to his ongoing foot problem.

AFL

Dayle Garlett, and why AFL football isn't for everyone

Emma Quayle dinkus

Emma Quayle Dayle Garlett wanted to be an AFL player. He found out what he needed to do to become one, and decided he didn't want to do it anymore.

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North Melbourne ruckman Daniel Currie's seven-year itch

Daniel Currie is now a more physical player than he was when he left Sydney.

Emma Quayle Todd Goldstein's shoulder is bruised, not broken. It is good news for North Melbourne, and that will make Daniel Currie happy.

AFL

Jack Watts to remain a midfielder as Melbourne looks for new goalkickers

Jack Watts had 27 possessions against St KIlda and looked comfortable and confident.

Emma Quayle Melbourne's diminished group of marking forwards will see Jack Watts spend more time in the front half against West Coast this week.

AFL

Clubs react cautiously to new interchange cap as season gets under way

Paul Roos says teams have seemed better physically prepared to start the season than they had been in years past.

Emma Quayle Just five of the winning round one teams notched more interchange rotations than their opposition, as coaches continued adapting cautiously to the new 120 cap in the second weekend of matches.

AFL

Richmond won't panic as it seeks its first win of season

Richmond players return to the rooms after losing to the Suns.

Emma Quayle Richmond's disappointment at its opening round loss is unlikely to spark any panic at the selection table before Thursday night's match against Carlton.

AFL

AFL integrity crackdown spreads to part-time recruiting scouts

Sherrin

Emma Quayle Under the AFL's increased focus on integrity clubs are required to register the personal details of recruiting scouts working as little as a few hours a week with the league.

AFL

Meet the players planning to take St Kilda back up the ladder

Young Saints Tom Hickey, Jimmy Webster, Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders and Jack Newnes at   the Seaford clubrooms.

Emma Quayle If St Kilda is to improve this season, it won't be up to the club's established senior stars.

AFL

Dustin Fletcher puts up shoes on family feat

Dustin Fletcher.

Emma Quayle The evergreen Essendon champ would love to play with his sons, but admits it's unlikely. For once, age is against him.

AFL

Clubs angry as AFL takes control of pre-draft interview process

AFL All Stars training camp

Emma Quayle AFL clubs can no longer interview any draft prospect without letting the league know first, under a tightening of recruiting rules.