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 draft 2014: Emma Quayle's first-round predictions

Emma Quayle How the first round of Thursday night's AFL national draft could pan out.

Saints suss out former player Jason Cripps for new football department role

Jason Cripps could be coming back to St Kilda.

Emma Quayle Former St Kilda player Jason Cripps is among a number of people to have been approached by the Saints, as the club continues to seek out its next head of football.

2014 AFL draft: chat live with Emma Quayle

Tom Boyd, Joshua Kelly, Jack Billings and Marcus Bontempelli on draft day in 2013.

Emma Quayle The game's foremost draft authority Emma Quayle answers all your draft-related questions live from noon. Get in early to make sure you're heard!

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Late invitations increases draft intrigue

Attending the draft: Sam Durdin.

Emma Quayle South Australia's Sam Durdin has received a late invitation to this week's draft on the Gold Coast, raising the potential for him to be chosen with a top-10 selection.

Losing sleep, Touk Miller counts down the days to the AFL draft

 Touk Miller followed his passion for AFL after a flirtation with wicketkeeping.

Emma Quayle Draft prospect Touk Miller likes to keep busy, on and off the field.

How potential No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin got his footy career organised

McCartin in action during the under 18 championships.

Emma Quayle Paddy McCartin is a meticulous young man on the field and off.

How Clem Smith found a place to call home

Speedster: Clem Smith.

Emma Quayle Clem Smith made a life-defining decision when he was just 12 years old. He is hoping to be drafted to an AFL club on Thursday night.

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Tom Lamb hoping hard work pays off on draft night

Emma Quayle Draft prospect Tom Lamb could be the third member of his family to make an AFL list.

Club-by-club guide to the 2014 AFL draft: part two

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Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks at your club's needs in next week's national draft. Part two.

Club-by-club guide to the 2014 AFL draft: part one

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Emma Quayle Everything you need to know for the AFL Draft with your club-by-club guide to your team's draft needs, hopes and dreams.

Top draft slot still up for grabs, but Giants hold the keys to first-round order

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Emma Quayle Top draft slot still up for grabs, but Giants hold the keys to first round order 

2014 AFL draft a level playing field for recruiters

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Emma Quayle Not a mock draft: the draft order won't be decided until November 27, but here our draft expert ranks her top 30 prospects in order.

Draft prospect Sam Durdin's lessons in multitasking

Sam Durdin has faced a steep learning curve since moving from the family farm to an Adelaide high school aged 15.

Emma Quayle Sam Durdin is one of the most versatile prospects in this year's AFL draft. But learning to be that way has taken a bit of effort.

AFL draft: Keilor's fab 5 set for the big time

The Keilor five: Corey Ellis, Nick O’Kearney, Damien Cavka, Paul Ahern and Jayden Laverde. All seem set for AFL clubs, although O’Kearney will have to wait until next year.

Emma Quayle It is not often that four boys from the same junior club have their names called in the same draft.

Family and football, the widening world of Francis Watson

Making his mark:  Francis Watson, apprentice diesel mechanic and draft hopeful.

Emma Quayle Francis Watson was nervous. He had just finished playing his last game for Western Australia, and the team had won for the first time all year.

Nakia Cockatoo's sensational seven-day season

Possible draft pick Nakia Cockatoo trains with the Territory’s Southern District Crocs.

Emma Quayle A short burst of brilliance has put a Darwin teen on clubs’ radars.

AFL draft: How draft prospect Jake Lever found other ways to be noticed

Jake Lever often finds his rehabilitation a solo slog.

Emma Quayle In the countdown to the AFL National Draft, key defender Jake Lever finds ways to show the recruiters what he can do after a serious knee injury ends his final season of junior football before it has...

Taylor Hunt to find new home at Richmond

Taylor Hunt played 63 games in his five years with Geelong, becoming a regular senior player in 2012 playing as a run-with midfielder.

Emma Quayle Taylor Hunt's career will continue at Richmond next year, with the Tigers set to sign the delisted Geelong midfielder as a free agent.

Sydney Swans to challenge AFL trade ban


Emma Quayle Sydney will ask the AFL Commission to overturn its trade ban at its regular meeting in December, arguing the club is being penalised for following league rules.

New AFL rule helped Port Adelaide land Paddy Ryder

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16:  Patrick Ryder of the Bombers handballs during the round 21 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide has taken advantage of the AFL's new equalisation rules to boost its premiership chances by adding Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder to its top-four side.