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.

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.

In-charge North Melbourne keep Geelong under control

Wait on: Shaun Higgins gets a grip of Steve Johnson’s guernsey aided by Todd Goldstein.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne has eased to a 41-point win over Geelong at Etihad Stadium.

Crows' efforts in a terrible week simply amazing

A moving tribute outside AAMI Stadium.

Emma Quayle I want to write about how well Adelaide has handled such a tough, terrible week, and it's hard to know how to do it. But the way the club has coped needs to be acknowledged. It has been amazing.

Power fulfil Walsh wish

Tight tussle: Travis Boak of Port is tackled by Brodie Grundy.

Emma Quayle The ball was bounced, and the ruckmen jumped. The midfielders ran, the defenders tried to stop the forwards from kicking goals. There was a game to play.

Taylor Adams to face match review panel scrutiny

Drawing attention: Taylor Adams of the Magpies.

Emma Quayle Taylor Adams has created some Monday morning work for the match review panel, after appearing to drop his knee into Port Adelaide player Justin Westhoff.

AFL may introduce future pick trading as soon as this year

In the mix: Academy player Callum Mills.

Emma Quayle The AFL may allow clubs to use future draft picks in trade deals as soon as this year.

'We're going to get through this together'

Inspired: Travis Boak first met Phil Walsh as an 18-year-old draftee.

Emma Quayle The hardest times have come when he has been sitting at home alone or trying to get to sleep at night, with nothing to do but think.

'Numb' Ken Hinkley unsure how he'll cope in coaches' box

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley.

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is uncertain how he will cope in the coaches' box on Thursday, at the end of a week in which he has struggled to focus on his team's next game.

Tributes continue to flow as Port Adelaide and Collingwood plan honour for Phil Walsh

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide and Collingwood will unite to honour Phil Walsh ahead of their game on Thursday night.

John Worsfold joins Adelaide as a sounding board for the coaches and players

John Worsfold says his role will be to support the Adelaide players and coaches.

Emma Quayle John Worsfold has joined Adelaide to support their players and coaches through a difficult time and has no plans to coach at Adelaide or anywhere else next year.

Why Brad Ebert and the Power players will remember Phil Walsh

Emma Quayle Brad Ebert was 17 years old and just starting out the first time he first got to know Phil Walsh.

Interim Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale plans to follow path set by Phil Walsh

Scott Camporeale speaks to the media on Monday.

Emma Quayle Scott Camporeale's immediate priorities as Adelaide's new senior coach are to take care of his grieving players and continue to push the plan put in place by Phil Walsh nine months ago.

Adelaide Crows appoint Scott Camporeale as interim coach, John Worsfold as coaching director

Scott Camporeale in his playing days.

Emma Quayle Adelaide have appointed Scott Camporeale as interim coach following the death of Phil Walsh last Friday.

Grieving Adelaide players' families to fly with them to Perth

The closed gates at Adelaide Oval on Sunday after the Geelong game was cancelled following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle Adelaide's grieving players will not have to confront the emotional challenge of next week's game on their own, with the club planning for their families to accompany them on the trip to Perth.

Taylor Walker's tribute to a coach he loved

Taylor Walker:

Emma Quayle One of the first things Phil Walsh said to Taylor Walker was to never call him after eight o'clock at night.

Phil Walsh death: Adelaide starts difficult process of preparing for life ahead

People pay tribute at Adelaide Crows headquarters on Saturday.

Emma Quayle Adelaide has begun the difficult process of looking towards next week's game and the team's return to the field, following the tragic death of coach Phil Walsh.

'It's a call that you never want to get'

Toughest of days: Daniel Talia and Rory Laird leave the Adelaide club rooms as tributes are left for coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle For Adelaide, everything changed at 3.30am. For the people who knew, loved and worked with Phil Walsh, football both meant nothing and was the one thing keeping them together early on Friday morning...