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.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.
Emma Quayle Sydney defender Alex Johnson is facing yet another huge challenge to resume his promising AFL career, with a fourth knee reconstruction looming.
Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.
Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.
Emma Quayle Ben Brown wanted to know one thing - would he get a game? - and Scott West wasn't sure what to tell him. He had two ruckmen already at Werribee, and a handful of marking forwards to play.
Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane Mitch Clark✓ says he would ''love'' to return to Melbourne and continue his AFL career, yet it remains uncertain whether the retired key forward will end up at the Demons, and if not, how he...
Emma Quayle Billy Stretch has become this year's third official father-son candidate, with Melbourne deciding to nominate the young wingman ahead of next month's bidding meeting.
Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.
Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane The future of Paddy Ryder could start becoming clearer in the next few days.
Emma Quayle Steve Johnson will spend the next week trying to convince Geelong's medical and coaching teams that he can get his injured foot through at least one more final.
Emma Quayle It's tempting to tip the settled and mostly healthy Roos over the Cats.
Emma Quayle It's not only Hawthorn's players who trust Jarryd Roughead to get them where they want to go. The players eat together at a Japanese restaurant every Monday night, many bring their children, and when...
Emma Quayle You could fill this whole story with the reasons Lewy Taylor couldn't, shouldn't and was never going to get drafted, play every game in his debut season and win the Rising Star award.
Liam Mannix, Emma Quayle Rising stars discuss their peers, and the next crop of young stars.
Emma Quayle There are few more subjective awards than the Rising Star, perhaps none that are based basically on which player which judge has liked best.
Emma Quayle The first pieces of the father-son puzzle have begun to slot into place, with Darcy Moore and Josh Clayton to be nominated by Collingwood and Brisbane.
Emma Quayle The talent of Fremantle forward Scott Gumbleton will remain mostly unfulfilled, with the forward retiring after eight years of battling injury.
Emma Quayle Dandenong and Sandringham have made it through to the second week of the TAC Cup finals, with wins over the Western Jets and Murray Bushrangers on Sunday.
Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.
Emma Quayle Sam Rowe has never wanted his illness to be the most important thing about him, but he is happy to talk about it if it helps other people decide to get checked.