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.

Josh Dunkley nominates as Sydney father-son draftee

Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley has chosen the Swans over the open draft.

Which players will help shape the AFL draft order?

Clayton Oliver of Murray Bushrangers poses for a photograph during the 2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine Headshot session at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on October 09, 2015. (Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media)  2015 AFL Draft:

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Emma Quayle Clayton Oliver missed most of the pre-season through injury, didn't make the Vic Country team and then bulldozed his way through the second half of the Murray Bushrangers' season, winning the Morrish...

Club-by-club guide to the AFL draft: part 2

The top 10 draft picks from the 2014 AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Part one of our guide to what clubs need in the AFL draft.

AFL draft 2015: Gach Nyuon's big leap

High hopes: South Sudan-born Gach Nyuon with his family.

Emma Quayle From a Kenyan refugee camp, to lunchtime kick-to-kick, to a shot at an AFL career, Gach Nyuon has come an awfully long way.

AFL draft 2015: Josh Schache follows his late father's footsteps

Josh Schache in his home town of Seymour

Emma Quayle Likely No.2 pick Josh Schache was only five the night his father died. Now the national draft could send him to Brisbane, where Laurence Schache played for the Bears.

AFL draft 2015: Jade Gresham a potential Boomer recruit

Hard worker: AFL draft hopeful Jade Gresham has left no stone unturned in improving himself as a footballer.

Emma Quayle  Draft prospect Jade Gresham has been learning from the best.

Not a mock draft: the top 30 kids in this year's AFL draft

Rugged and tough: Jacob Hopper (left) is a player who gets things started.

Emma Quayle If next week's draft had feelings, you would want to give it a hug. All year long we've heard about how weak, shallow and ordinary it is. It's been a rough nine months.

AFL draft 2015: Luke Partington found comfort in footy after the death of his father

Draft prospect Luke Partington is coming to the end of a tough year

Emma Quayle The thing Luke Partington remembers most about the last day he spent with his dad is how normal it was. He didn't think it was a day he was going to have to remember.

AFL draft 2015: Who are the academy kids?

Academy players Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper

Emma Quayle A number of northern academy kids should become high picks at next week's draft, as the AFL's live bidding system is used for the first time.

AFL draft 2015: The day potential No. 1 pick Jacob Weitering doubted himself

Waiting game: AFL draft contender Jacob Weitering has been tipped to be selected at No.1.

Emma Quayle For most of this year Jacob Weitering has carried the tag: ''potential number one pick".

AFL Draft 2015: Meet Eric Hipwood, a saintly would-be Lion

Brisbane academy player Eric Hipwood had no choice but to barrack for St Kilda

Emma Quayle Eric Hipwood can't remember falling in love with football, and deciding it was what he wanted to do.

An idiot's guide to the new AFL bidding system

GWS academy player Matthew Kennedy is one of the best midfielders in the draft.

Emma Quayle Have you struggled through many sleepless nights trying to work out how the AFL's new bidding system works? Don't worry: your questions, concerns and 'what ifs' are all answered in here...

AFL draft: Ryan Burton is making up for lost time

Emma Quayle Ryan Burton had time, but not as much as he thought.

AFL draft 2015: Meet Darcy Parish and Rhys Mathieson

Geelong Falcons footballers and AFL draft prospects  Rhys Mathieson and Darcy Parish.

Emma Quayle Rhys Mathieson met Darcy Parish when he was 11 and the Geelong Falcons midfielders have played in all the same junior teams since. Only this month's draft could separate them.

AFL draft 2015: How Clayton Oliver came from nowhere

Clayton Oliver has had to scale up his plans.

Emma Quayle When Clayton Oliver moved into a small apartment in Mooroopna at the start of the year, it wasn't all about football.

AFL draft 2015: Mitchell Hibberd does it the hard way. Twice.

Mitchell Hibberd in action for Tasmania during under-18 championships

Emma Quayle A doctor suggested he should give footy away, but Mitchell Hibberd persevered, and used his injury lay-off to do something useful.

AFL draft 2015: Matthew Kennedy's whirlwind season

Matthew Kennedy is one of the best midfielders in the draft.

Emma Quayle Matthew Kennedy is one of the best few midfielders in this year's AFL draft, and it is impossible to imagine the Giants will let their smart, brave academy player end up at another team.

AFL draft 2015: The son of SOS always wanted to be part of Blues' next generation

Ambition: Jack Silvagni wants to follow in his family's footsteps.

Emma Quayle There hasn't been much need for subtle hints about how badly Jack Silvagni would love to become a third-generation Carlton player.

AFL Draft 2015: The reason Aaron Francis plays football

Playing with prupose: Draft prospect Aaron Francis plays for his brother Hayden.

Emma Quayle Draft prospect Aaron Francis was still wearing his premiership medal when he saw his dying brother, Hayden, hooked up to machines in intensive care.

AFL talent program set for revamp in 2016

Daniel Rioli played for the Allies on AFL grand final day.

Emma Quayle The AFL's under-18 championships are set for another significant revamp, with an Allies side to be introduced to the series in 2016.