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 Josh Dunkley has chosen the Swans over the open draft.
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...
Emma Quayle Part one of our guide to what clubs need in the AFL draft.
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.
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.
Emma Quayle Draft prospect Jade Gresham has been learning from the best.
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.
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.
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.