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.


Essendon chief Paul Little hits out at anti-doping agency boss John Fahey

Emma Quayle Essendon chairman hits out at "unfounded and unsettling allegations" that charges were imminent.


Young Hawks will share the load in 2014, Josh Gibson says

Focused: Josh Gibson on the training track in South Africa.

Emma Quayle Josh Gibson expects team to share goal-scoring responsibilities as evenly as it did this year.

Essendon warned charges loom


Emma Quayle Essendon players may yet be sanctioned for their part in the club's controversial supplements program, with outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey warning that ''several'' charges...


Pay impasse broken: James Hird to be paid early

Bombers coach James Hird

Emma Quayle The James Hird pay issue has been resolved with the suspended coach to be paid his salary for 2014 before the end of the year.


Essendon set to face 'several' charges from ASADA, says John Fahey

WADA chief John Fahey.

Emma Quayle Essendon is likely to face "several" anti-doping charges for its controversial supplements program, according to outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey.

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AFL's funding threat to Essendon over James Hird payment issue

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle The AFL has told Essendon it will withhold a substantial part of the club's monthly allocation of funding until it explains whether and why it is paying suspended coach James Hird.

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Essendon could miss out on $100,000 a month if it pays Hird

Bombers coach James Hird

Emma Quayle The AFL has told Essendon it will deny the club $100,000 a month until they stop paying Hird's salary.


AFL players 'no' to daily log of vitamins


Emma Quayle Players resist push to log supplement intake via a mobile phone application.

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Western Bulldogs fined for breaching ASADA player movement rules

Western Bulldogs logo

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have been fined by the AFL for breaching the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s player movement rules during its recent training camp in the US.


Under-18s up for grand final date


Emma Quayle AFL adds new representative game to its underage schedule for 2014.


AFL players' group wants football department taxed to give fairer league

Matt Finnis

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle AFL, AFLPA yet to settle on ideal figure for football department spending.


Dean Robinson's legal action against Essendon could put heat on AFL executives

Dean Robinson feels he was made the scapegoat for the injecting program that led to the club being fined $2 million and Hird being suspended for 12 months.

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle and Mark Russell Senior AFL officials could be dragged into Essendon's dispute with former high-performance coach.


Opportunity leads Josh Bruce to St Kilda

Josh Bruce.

Emma Quayle Josh Bruce was a point of difference in this year's trade period, when 13 players in their first second or third year changed clubs.


Brothers Zach and Jackson Merrett to play with the Bombers

Two can play at that: Zach and Jackson Merrett.

Emma Quayle Zach Merrett wanted to be like his big brother badly, to the point of having the same runners.

Essendon Bombers say it's right for Robinson to bare brunt of punishment for scandal

Dean Robinson.

Emma Quayle Essendon have defended their contrasting treatment of Dean Robinson and James Hird, declaring responsibility for the club's supplements program lay chiefly with high performance boss Robinson rather...


Weapon to blame: Bombers

Dean Robinson, aka 'The Weapon'

Emma Quayle Essendon has defended its contrasting treatment of Dean Robinson and James Hird, declaring responsibility for the club's supplements program lay chiefly with high performance boss Robinson rather...

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Gold Coast Suns sack Campbell Brown

Campbell Brown

Emma Quayle A ‘‘spur of the moment mistake’’ has ended Campbell Brown’s 205-game career, with Gold Coast sacking the veteran for breaking young teammate Steven May’s jaw outside a Los Angeles nightclub.

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

Emma Quayle dinkus

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

Campbell Brown

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

Sherrin football

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...