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 Toy is hoping for another chance at AFL level after playing 13 games with Gold Coast

Emma Quayle When five of his Gold Coast teammates were delisted, Josh Toy knew what they would be feeling, because he's been feeling it too.


Campbell Brown returns home from LA

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Emma Quayle Campbell Brown's career at the Gold Coast may be in jeopardy, with the club investigating an overseas altercation that left his teammate Steven May with a suspected broken jaw.


Bombers under investigation for 'trialling' players

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Emma Quayle The AFL is investigating whether Essendon trialled players ahead of this week’s rookie draft before lodging the appropriate paperwork, after warning clubs against conducting unapproved testing of...


AFL expanding horizons but northern states a draft worry

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Emma Quayle Of the 40 players given their first chance in Wednesday's rookie draft, seven came from other countries.


Ahmed Saad's 18-month ban places his AFL career in jeopardy

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda declining to redraft the forward as a rookie as he prepares to spend 18 months on the sidelines for taking a banned stimulant.


Ahmed Saad given 18-month suspension

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda was contemplating on Tuesday night whether to keep Ahmed Saad on its rookie list next year, with the small forward handed an 18-month ban for taking a banned substance last season.


Magpies pass over Jake Kelly in rookie draft

Jake Kelly.

Emma Quayle Collingwood's crammed rookie list has forced the club to overlook teenage son of 1990 premiership defender.


Players to look out for in the Rookie Draft

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Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks ahead to this week's AFL Rookie Draft.


Picking through the draft

Jack Billings poses for a photograph with his father Graeme and mother Letitia

Emma Quayle A handful of clubs invested more heavily in this draft than others did, for various reasons, and were well rewarded.


Clubs take alternative routes to goal

Nine of the top 10 draft picks.

Emma Quayle Melbourne, St Kilda and Brisbane have plenty of work to do: they know it and they have said it.

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2013 AFL Draft: first round can be crucial with so much young talent

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Emma Quayle When an entire year of work comes down to the few seconds it takes to call out a name on AFL draft night.


AFL draft 2013: Emma Quayle's first round prediction

Emma Quayle Our resident expert on the AFL draft, Emma Quayle, predicts how the opening round may pan out.

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Nick Dal Santo's counsel carries weight with cousin, draft hopeful Marcus Bontempelli

Marcus Bontempelli.

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli knows how good it could be. When he was five and at a Christmas lunch, he watched his older cousin kick a ball through a basketball ring on only his third try.


With a little help from his friends

Lewis Taylor.

Emma Quayle People use words like fast, frantic and frenzied to describe the way Taylor plays football.


AFL draft will split four close friends and families

Boys one week, men the next

Emma Quayle The draft will split four boys and their families, but friendships will remain.


AFL clubs face $20,000 fines for conducting medical tests on potential draftees

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Emma Quayle The AFL warns clubs against conducting their own medical testing of potential draftees.

The lads most likely

AFL under 18, championship. South Australia v Country Victoria, VIC Tayor Garner,SA Matt Scharenberg, Matthew Wallis 4th of July 2012 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Emma Quayle The media's leading recruitment expert selects the best 25 youngsters in the AFL draft.


Club-by-club guide to the 2013 AFL draft

Getting ready for the AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Draft expert Emma Quayle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of every AFL club.


AFL hopeful Ben Lennon on course

Ben Lennon with his sister Grace.

Emma Quayle It's no doubt the Lennons are a competitive family, the only question is how far will they go?


Trio get delisted but retain chance to play with rookie list placements

Dean Cox of the Eagles challenges Brent Renouf

Emma Quayle Todd Banfield, Brent Renouf and Murray Newman must continue their careers from the rookie list.