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 cuts trade period by a week

Emma Quayle The AFL has lopped a week off this year’s trade period, as part of a move to create a snappier post-season.


Alan Toovey a chance to return against Fremantle

Alan Toovey

Emma Quayle Alan Toovey's return to the Collingwood side remains on track, with the defender surviving his second match back from a knee reconstruction for the club's VFL side.


Four young forwards to excite AFL fans

Tall forwards

Emma Quayle Not for years have we seen such exciting young forwards.


Richmond's media-shy Jack Riewoldt back from injury

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Brett Deledio and Jack Riewoldt look on during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at ME Bank Centre on March 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Emma Quayle Jack Riewoldt's absence from Richmond's pre-season teams will end on Friday.


The Suns could equal a record by fielding seven indigenous players

Harley Bennell.

Emma Quayle If the Suns' indigenous stars align, the club will start sharing its first small piece of AFL history.


Young Kangaroo Ben Cunnington ready to take giant leap

Emma Quayle Brent Harvey nominates Ben Cunnington and Shaun Atley as two players to watch.


Essendon strives to fast-track development of younger players

Nice try: Essendon captain Jobe Watson gets the better of Dyson Heppell at training on Wednesday.

Emma Quayle Bombers made only a handful of changes in the post-season period.


Gibson sad over Campbell

Emma Quayle Hawk saddened at end of career of his good friend Campbell Brown.


Essendon chief Paul Little hits out at anti-doping agency boss John Fahey

James Hird.

Emma Quayle Essendon chairman hits out at "unfounded and unsettling allegations" that charges were imminent.


Young Hawks will share the load in 2014, Josh Gibson says

Focused: Josh Gibson on the training track in South Africa.

Emma Quayle Josh Gibson expects team to share goal-scoring responsibilities as evenly as it did this year.

Essendon warned charges loom


Emma Quayle Essendon players may yet be sanctioned for their part in the club's controversial supplements program, with outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey warning that ''several'' charges...


Pay impasse broken: James Hird to be paid early

Bombers coach James Hird

Emma Quayle The James Hird pay issue has been resolved with the suspended coach to be paid his salary for 2014 before the end of the year.


Essendon set to face 'several' charges from ASADA, says John Fahey

WADA chief John Fahey.

Emma Quayle Essendon is likely to face "several" anti-doping charges for its controversial supplements program, according to outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey.

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AFL's funding threat to Essendon over James Hird payment issue

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle The AFL has told Essendon it will withhold a substantial part of the club's monthly allocation of funding until it explains whether and why it is paying suspended coach James Hird.

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Essendon could miss out on $100,000 a month if it pays Hird

Bombers coach James Hird

Emma Quayle The AFL has told Essendon it will deny the club $100,000 a month until they stop paying Hird's salary.


AFL players 'no' to daily log of vitamins


Emma Quayle Players resist push to log supplement intake via a mobile phone application.

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Western Bulldogs fined for breaching ASADA player movement rules

Western Bulldogs logo

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have been fined by the AFL for breaching the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s player movement rules during its recent training camp in the US.


Under-18s up for grand final date


Emma Quayle AFL adds new representative game to its underage schedule for 2014.


AFL players' group wants football department taxed to give fairer league

Matt Finnis

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle AFL, AFLPA yet to settle on ideal figure for football department spending.


Dean Robinson's legal action against Essendon could put heat on AFL executives

Dean Robinson feels he was made the scapegoat for the injecting program that led to the club being fined $2 million and Hird being suspended for 12 months.

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle and Mark Russell Senior AFL officials could be dragged into Essendon's dispute with former high-performance coach.