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.

Gary Ablett out for season after electing for surgery

Emma Quayle Gary Ablett will miss the rest of the season after electing to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair his left shoulder.

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AFL draft age to remain at 18, for now

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Emma Quayle The draft age will remain at 18, but the AFL plans to start investing more heavily in talented older prospects.

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Brian Lake, Drew Petrie charges defended by match review panel

Hawthorn defender Brian Lake chokes his opponent Drew Petrie.

Emma Quayle The match review panel looked at the grappling undertaken by both Brian Lake and Drew Petrie in isolation, rather than in combination, in deciding both deserved disciplinary action.

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AFL to persist with current interchange cap

Interchange changes.

Emma Quayle The current interchange cap will remain in place for at least one more season, with the AFL not contemplating any changes until at least 2016.

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Summit on holding-the-ball rule as umpires boss admits Monfries decision was wrong

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans says greater clarity is needed on how much time players have to get rid of the ball before they are penalised.

Emma Quayle The AFL will invite coaches to debate and help clarify the most-debated rule of the year - holding the ball - at an end-of-season summit with umpires and the rules committee.

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Gary Ablett, Suns shoulder load of big decision

Gary Ablett did not suffer any bone damage when he was slung to the ground on Saturday night in a tackle by Collingwood's Brent Macaffer.

Emma Quayle A meeting with a Melbourne shoulder specialist will help Gary Ablett and Gold Coast decide whether to get the champion back into the side this season or send him for season-ending surgery. 

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Cats excited about what lies ahead, with top four spot in sight

Hamish McIntosh of the Cats and Will Minson of the Bulldogs compete in the ruck.

Emma Quayle Chris Scott will not argue with the people who keep telling him his Geelong side is no good, but is optimistic and excited about what lies ahead for the team that kept a top four spot in sight with a...

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Geelong grinds out an important win in the wet

Cat and Dog fight:  Geelong skipper Joel Selwood and Bulldog Koby Stevens come to grips.

Emma Quayle It was wet, windy and cold, but Geelong has a habit of not letting the weather conditions change how it goes about things.

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Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett's inconclusive scans delay diagnosis

Gary Ablett leaves the field in pain in the third quarter of the game against Collingwood.

Emma Quayle and Alana Schetzer Gold Coast is still uncertain how long it will be without injured star Gary Ablett.

Bombers drop Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Port Adelaide

Emma Quayle Essendon has dropped 22-year veteran Dustin Fletcher for Saturday night’s game against Port Adelaide, but left the door open for his late inclusion.

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AFL retired and withdrew six players unable to control their drug use

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Emma Quayle The AFL has temporarily withdrawn three players with illicit drug problems from competition, and "retired" another three who were unable to control their addictions.

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Midfielders pushing up the order as the 2014 draft pool starts to take shape

Hands on AFL football

Emma Quayle When the new-look national championships began, the thinking was that the first part of this year's draft would be filled with tall players, and options at either end.

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Why Sydney won't be the only club to benefit from northern state academies

Isaac Heeney

Emma Quayle Sydney may not be the only club to benefit from its investment in the northern states’ academy system this year.

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Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon loses battle with cancer

Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon.

Emma Quayle Essendon is mourning the loss of former AFL club boss Graeme McMahon, who died on Tuesday.

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From Sudan to the AFL: three teenagers hoping to make the big time

AFL hopefuls: Mabior Chol, Gach Nyuon and Duom Dawam.

Emma Quayle Duom Dawam felt like his heart had been broken when he missed out on making the Vic Metro squad for this year’s under-18 championships.

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The teenager who chose footy over video games

Matthew Uebergang

Emma Quayle Matthew Uebergang had a decision to make. But he didn’t choose football ahead of basketball, soccer or any of the other sports that like to get their mitts on tall, quick and athletic...

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Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott's hamstring injury to be assessed after solid win over Carlton

Nathan Buckley and his players talk strategy during a break in the game.

Emma Quayle The Collingwood side that plays Gold Coast this week may be missing its leading goalkicker, with the tight hamstring that forced Jamie Elliott out of Sunday night’s win over Carlton to be...

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Chris Judd under no pressure to play on in 2015, says Mick Malthouse

Chris Judd celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Carlton coach Mick Malthouse does not plan to even ask Chris Judd whether his recaptured fitness and form will see him play on for a 14th season in 2015.

Eddie McGuire wants compensation for lowest Collingwood-Carlton crowd in 93 years

Eddie McGuire

Emma Quayle Eddie McGuire’s first phone call on Monday morning will be to AFL headquarters, demanding compensation for the “six-figure” sum lost to Collingwood.

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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Injured: Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle The season could be over for Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli after his latest hamstring injury.