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.

Lions put paid to Pies

Emma Quayle The Brisbane Lions will play Carlton in the NAB Cup final after over-running Collingwood.

Voss left angry and confused over NAB Cup scheduling

Brisbane coach Michael Voss

Emma Quayle The AFL's decision to schedule Friday night's NAB Cup final in Melbourne has upset Brisbane coach Michael Voss, who bemoaned the league's lost opportunity to promote the game in south-east Queensland...

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Tiger Astbury cools his heels a little longer

Setback: Defender David Astbury will miss the rest of Richmond's pre-season with a foot injury.

Emma Quayle David Astbury's comeback from a knee injury has been halted by a foot injury.

Bellchambers works his way up to speed

Tom Bellchambers at the club's new high performance centre.

Emma Quayle Injury meant ruckman spent six weeks of his eight-week break in a moon boot.

Bombers pledge to protect players

Essendon chairman David Evans.

Emma Quayle Essendon chairman David Evans has emphasised his determination to ensure the players avoid suspension as a result of the investigation into the club's supplements program last year.


Supplement inquiry to cover umps

Umpires want to be covered by the performance-enhancing drug code.

Emma Quayle Umpires assured their privacy would be protected during audit.


Tigers earn stripes in final stages

Tiger tough: Shaun Grigg (above) of Richmond handballs against Essendon in Wangaratta.

Emma Quayle, Wangaratta What a difference a year makes. This time last year the Wangaratta Showgrounds were underwater.

Clubs can take a rest from faking it

Emma Quayle AFL clubs are no longer compelled to invent injuries for players they simply choose to rest because of new injury-allowance provisions that legitimise the growing desire of clubs to rotate players...


Rest may be best in long season: clubs

Nick Maxwell.

Emma Quayle Geelong won its first 13 games in 2011, enough to not only entrench it in the top eight by the midway mark of the season, but to allow the club to move players in and out of the side so that, come...

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Dees to take a punt on Hogan call-up

Demon recruit Jesse Hogan

Emma Quayle Melbourne will call the AFL and at least ask the question: Is there any chance Jesse Hogan could play senior football this year?


Demons give Bail time for full recovery

Rohan Bail

Emma Quayle Rohan Bail must pass a series of concussion checks before Melbourne will clear him.


Watson to kick off season

Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Jobe Watson will make his first appearance of the pre-season in Essendon's match against Richmond at Wangaratta on Saturday, provided his right knee stands up on the training track.

Clubs turn to doctors for more control


Emma Quayle For the first time, AFL clubs will soon start hiring their own full-time doctors.

Roos' future looking bright as another young gun extends deal

Signed: North's Jamie Macmillan has extended his contract.

Emma Quayle Third North Melbourne youngster backs the club's future.

Ex-Bombers better informed on probe

Tim Watson and wife Susie.

Emma Quayle Essendon has comforted the former players who will be interviewed by ASADA.

Daw gets his chance to shine

Majak Daw

Emma Quayle Majak Daw will finally play his first game in North Melbourne colours in a senior game on Friday.

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Coming of age

Roo-hoo: Majak Daw at Kangaroos training this week.

Emma Quayle Majak Daw has learnt some hard lessons and turned things around.

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Dees winners? We'll know in about 2015

Win some, lose some: Jack Trengove, left, is still a Demon, while Tom Scully is captain of the Giants.

Emma Quayle It's impossible to tell what Melbourne really did win by losing, though.

Bombers to honour Lloyd and Lucas

Back in familiar territory: Former Essendon spearheads Scott Lucas and Matthew Lloyd at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Emma Quayle Essendon will start its season by glancing to a less-complicated past.

Scandal a 'wake-up call' for players

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Emma Quayle Scott Lucas says probe should make players more conscious of what they put into their bodies.