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 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.
Emma Quayle For most of this year Jacob Weitering has carried the tag: ''potential number one pick".
Emma Quayle Eric Hipwood can't remember falling in love with football, and deciding it was what he wanted to do.
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...
Emma Quayle Ryan Burton had time, but not as much as he thought.
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.
Emma Quayle When Clayton Oliver moved into a small apartment in Mooroopna at the start of the year, it wasn't all about football.
Emma Quayle A doctor suggested he should give footy away, but Mitchell Hibberd persevered, and used his injury lay-off to do something useful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma Quayle Adelaide hopes that Alex Keath's fresh taste of the football club environment will inspire him to re-establish his promising junior career there next year.
Emma Quayle Jarrad Grant is among the players in limbo at the end of the trade period, with the Western Bulldogs set to delist the forward.
Emma Quayle Did you find yourself reading as much about draft points as you did about draft picks, in the last two weeks?
Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Carlton made an 11th-hour bid for the Giants' Adam Tomlinson that, if successful, would have freed them up to agree to trade Andrejs Everitt to the Suns on a hectic final day of the trade period.
Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Carlton and Gold Coast are involved in 11th-hour talks over a possible move of Andrejs Everitt to the Suns.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Two major deals remained in a stalemate heading into the final day of trades, with Richmond and Carlton in a stand-off over Chris Yarran and Collingwood scrambling to find a deal to satisfy Brisbane...
Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The most prolonged and acrimonious deal of the trade period has been completed with Adam Treloar finally becoming a Magpie.
Jake Niall, Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Carlton have broken new ground by trading the future draft pick they received for Lachie Henderson for pick eight in this year's draft.