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.

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.

Adelaide sign cricketer Alex Keath on rookie contract

Victorian cricketer Alex Keath who turned his back on a career in the AFL by choosing to play with the Bushrangers, kicks a football during the Melbourne Stars training session.
16 December 2011. Picture by PAUL ROVERE / FAIRFAX MEDIA

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.

Jarrad Grant set to be delisted by Western Bulldogs

Jarrad Grant was unable to find a new home either as a free agent or via a trade.

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.

Draft picks versus draft points: the new trade week currency

AFL draft prospect Callum Mills.

Emma Quayle Did you find yourself reading as much about draft points as you did about draft picks, in the last two weeks?

AFL trade period 2015: Carlton's 11th-hour bid for Giant left hanging

No movement: Adam Tomlinson.

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.

AFL trades: talk of Andrejs Everitt trade to Gold Coast

Andrejs Everitt

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.

Chris Yarran and James Aish in limbo

Collingwood and Brisbane have been unable to agree a deal for James Aish.

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...

AFL trade period: Adam Treloar deal done, Giant is finally a Pie

Adam Treloar in Collingwood colours.

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.

AFL trades 2015: Carlton's big day out

Former Blue Lachie Henderson.

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.