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 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?"
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.
Emma Quayle The best thing about this match might be what it comes to mean, not what actually happened in it.
Emma Quayle The 27-year-old North Melbourne player polled 102 votes for the season from Age football writers.
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.
Emma Quayle It's really, really hard to tip against Hawthorn. They know how to win.
Emma Quayle Hawthorn premiership player Brad Sewell will help Essendon find their next senior coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma Quayle After the week that was in footyland, it's time to check out five things to look forward to in round 22.
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.
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.
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.
Emma Quayle Perth to Melbourne is not a quick trip, but this Fremantle team has never seemed like one that likes to bother unpacking.
Emma Quayle Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will again face a nervy wait for the match review panel's findings.
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.
Emma Quayle Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney was a junior footballing prodigy – but how good could he be?