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 So many words could be used to describe the way the Western Bulldogs played in the first half of Sunday's game that it was little wonder most of the Adelaide players had a 'hang on, wait, what?' look...
Emma Quayle A five-step plan to get Carlton back on track.
Emma Quayle Carlton is close to finalising a new contract for defender Sam Docherty, whose impressive early season form has been a highlight of the club's otherwise poor start to the year.
Emma Quayle When Isaac Heeney arrived at last November's draft he started to wish he was in it, that he wasn't already tied to Sydney and that he would get to find out where the recruiters really rated him and...
Emma Quayle The first time Brendan Whitecross organised a post-season trip with his father, he wrecked his knee in a qualifying final.
Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs early-season momentum has been halted by a back-in-form Hawthorn side and a fresh set of injuries, with Mitch Wallis and Dale Morris both likely to miss a number of weeks.
Emma Quayle Luke Hodge leads Hawthorn to a convincing 70-point win over an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs side in Launceston.
Emma Quayle David Armitage had half an ear torn almost right from his head as a teenager, but kept playing. Last year he cut his knee open so badly that he could see through to the kneecap.
Emma Quayle The expected growth of the four northern academies could lead to future prospects being presented with an "opt-out" clause, allowing them to instead choose to enter the national draft.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne has begun to atone for its disappointing round one loss with a big win over Brisbane, but will have two of their star players on injury watch this week.
Emma Quayle Key forward Jarrad Waite equals his career-best haul of seven goals to lift North Melbourne to a 82-point win over Brisbane.
Emma Quayle When they imagined how the 2015 draft might look at the end of last year, recruiters did not see too many tall players filling the top part of the order. Their minds might be starting to change.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne player Nick Dal Santo would support regular in-season hair testing of players, so long as the identities of those found to be using illicit drugs were protected.
Emma Quayle Isaac Heeney is safely tucked away in a red and white jumper, snapping left-footed game-sealers.
Emma Quayle If Hawthorn made one thing clear, it’s that they have no plans to sit around waiting for other clubs to catch them.
Emma Quayle A new-look Melbourne have scored an upset 26-point AFL win over Gold Coast at the MCG.
Emma Quayle Hawthorn has locked away two of the club’s most important current and future leaders, with captain Luke Hodge signing a one-year contract extension that will see him play on for a 15th season...
Emma Quayle It's almost 8pm and Kieran Agius is all talked out. The teenager has spent eight hours over two nights moving between tables at a golf club, being interviewed by 14 club recruiters.
Emma Quayle New Western Bulldog reflects on his road to the Western Bulldogs, and what he wants to do for his new team.
Emma Quayle Some thoughts on this year's AFL draft period, which finished with Wednesday's rookie draft.