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.

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.

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.