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.

Play it again Sam: Mitchell - and his son - know plenty about September

Emma Quayle Sam Mitchell's son had a question for him a few days ago. "When are we doing that parade, Dad?" he wanted to know. "When do I get to go in the back of the car?"

No more chances for Harley Bennell as Suns cut his contract short

Emma Quayle Harley Bennell was on his way out of Gold Coast before his argument with a security guard on Sunday night cost him his club's last little piece of patience in him.

End of season just the start for Essendon and Collingwood

Essendon's Heath Hocking and Elliott Kavanagh have reason to celebrate.

Emma Quayle The best thing about this match might be what it comes to mean, not what actually happened in it.

Kangaroo Goldstein leaps ahead as Age Footballer of the Year

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26:  Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos marks during the round four AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Simonds Stadium on April 26, 2015 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Emma Quayle The 27-year-old North Melbourne player polled 102 votes for the season from Age football writers.

Port Adelaide's seven indigenous players share some history

The seven indigenous players who turned out for Port Adelaide against Fremantle on Saturday (from left): Chad Wingard, Brendon Ah Chee, Jake Neade, Nathan Krakouer, Karl Amon, Paddy Ryder and Jarman Impey.

Emma Quayle There were only two other indigenous players on the Port Adelaide list when Brendon Ah Chee was drafted there almost four years ago. On Saturday night he was one of seven, playing in the same side.

AFL finals preview: Hawthorn's experience should get them over the line against West Coast – just

Nic Naitanui.

Emma Quayle It's really, really hard to tip against Hawthorn. They know how to win.

Essendon name Brad Sewell on coach selection panel

Thumbs up: Brad Sewell will help the Bombers find their next coach

Emma Quayle Hawthorn premiership player Brad Sewell will help Essendon find their next senior coach.

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Collingwood fined for late Brent Macaffer paperwork

Brent Macaffer.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has been fined by the AFL for playing Brent Macaffer in their VFL side before his return from the long-term injury list had been registered with the league.

Eddie McGuire says booing message is getting through to AFL fans

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire.

Emma Quayle Collingwood president Eddie McGuire believes "the message" about dehumanising players by subjecting them to unnecessary abuse is starting to sink in with football fans.

Daniel Wells to undergo scans on sore calf

Emma Quayle Daniel Wells' chances of making a late-season return to the North Melbourne side will become clearer after he has scans on Monday.

Geelong to give fans the chance to farewell departing stars

Down and out: Steve Johnson and Cameron Guthrie leave the field on Friday after they were eliminated from this year's finals.

Emma Quayle Geelong will decide in the next few days how to best manage the public exit of some of their much-loved veteran players.

Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey and the sling tackle to come under fresh scrutiny

Tiger Brett Deledio is helped by trainers after a sling tackle by Courtenay Dempsey

Emma Quayle The slam tackle will again be placed on the match review panel's Monday morning agenda, with Essendon defender Courtenay Dempsey the latest player to come under scrutiny.

The weekend agenda: five things to look forward to in round 22

Will it be a September miss for Tom Hawkins and Geelong?

Emma Quayle After the week that was in footyland, it's time to check out five things to look forward to in round 22.

Crows quick to rise from draft trauma

Smart choice: Eddie Betts.

Emma Quayle A delaide aren't supposed to be back in the hunt for a finals spot. Not yet, anyway. The Crows are meant to be piecing things back together.

Jonathon Marsh was thrilled when he made the Magpies team, but there was good and bad that weekend

Highs and lows: Jonathon Marsh's hard work paid off when he made Collingwood's team four weeks ago. But his parents being robbed took some of the shine off.

Emma Quayle It was the best weekend ever when Jonathon Marsh made the Collingwood team for the first time, but for his parents, there was good – and there was bad.

Rising Star award 2015: who's still to come?

Caleb Daniel.

Emma Quayle Jesse Hogan v Patrick Cripps was the subplot to Sunday's Melbourne-Carlton game, and the Carlton midfielder had the better day of the Rising Star favourites.

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Patient, persistent North Melbourne grind Fremantle down

Todd Goldstein kicked the sealer on the siren.

Emma Quayle Perth to Melbourne is not a quick trip, but this Fremantle team has never seemed like one that likes to bother unpacking.

Fremantle's Nat Fyfe reported, as North Melbourne beat Fremantle

Docker Nat Fyfe is challenged by North Melbourne's Ben Jacobs and Lachlan Hansen.

Emma Quayle Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will again face a nervy wait for the match review panel's findings.

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Luke Dahlhaus, a baby Western Bulldog no longer

Western Bulldogs footballer Luke Dahlhaus.

Emma Quayle Once upon a time, Luke Dahlhaus was the young Western Bulldog. He was energetic, enthusiastic and he kicked clever goals, though he has another theory on why he so quickly became a favourite.

Isaac Heeney's journey from the farm to the Sydney Swans

Trip to the big time: Sydney Swans Isaac Heeney.

Emma Quayle Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney was a junior footballing prodigy – but how good could he be?