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.

Alex Keath open to AFL talks at the end of the season

Wanted: Former Victorian cricketer Alex Keath may be open to AFL offers.

Emma Quayle, Jesse Hogan Alex Keath has not closed the door on a possible return to football, with clubs told he is open to talking with them at the end of the season.

What does it feel like to do your knee in your debut game? Richmond's Nathan Drummond knows

Richmond footballer Nathan Drummond.

Emma Quayle Not many people rupture their knee in their very first AFL game. Richmond youngster Nathan Drummond talks about his best and most miserable day.

Jason Winderlich inching closer to a return for Essendon

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Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Jason Winderlich will have a part to play in its season, with the veteran close to returning from significant back problems.

Draft prospect Bailey Rice's big decision: Carlton or the Saints?

Bailey Rice has made a bright start to his second season with Dandenong.

Emma Quayle When the AFL released its new bidding system for father-son prospects last week, Bailey Rice was tagged in a Facebook link to an article explaining how it would work.

Vic Country starts under-18 championships with last-minute win

Jy Simpkin of Vic Country celebrates after kicking the winning goal after the siren.

Emma Quayle Rhys Mathieson wasn't watching when his Vic Country teammates launched the piece of play that saw them snatch an after-the-siren win over Vic Metro in their opening game of the national under-18...

Clubs to pay high price for top-end draft talent under new bidding rules

Isacc Heeney

Emma Quayle Clubs will lose multiple draft picks, potentially over two seasons, to secure highly regarded father-son and academy players under the AFL's new points-based bidding system.

New bidding system looks fairer for all

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Emma Quayle The new bidding system is highly complicated. But it is infinitely fairer than the current set-up, looks fairly bulletproof, guards against bluffing and opens the door to something every list manager...

Can Port Adelaide still win the premiership? History says it will be hard

Port coach Ken Hinkley

Emma Quayle Can Port Adelaide still win the premiership? It was the last thing on Ken Hinkley's mind after watching his side get beaten by Brisbane on the weekend.

Perth teen Yestin Eades finds a place in Vic Country and snowy Ballarat

Yestin Eades is making his mark.

Emma Quayle It snowed in Ballarat on the day Yestin Eades moved there from Western Australia nine months ago. But it was a move he knew he had to make.

How Nathan Krakouer found his way home to Port Adelaide

Gone but not forgotten: Nathan Krakouer is back in the fold at Port Adelaide.

Emma Quayle Nathan Krakouer was living north of Kalgoorlie, labouring all day and playing amateur football on the weekends. Then his old club called.

Collingwood's Darcy Moore, Jordan De Goey, Jackson Ramsay sign new deals

Nathan Buckley and Darcy Moore.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has extended the contracts of three of the club's promising young players, with Darcy Moore, Jordan De Goey and Jackson Ramsay agreeing to new deals.

AFL plans US-style draft days

Last year, Melbourne bid for Swans Academy player Isaac Heeney using pick two, which under the proposed new system will be worth 2,517 points.

Caroline Wilson, Emma Quayle An American-style interactive national draft extravaganza is being shaped by the AFL with the first stages to be unveiled to the 18 club chiefs on Thursday.

South Australian police interviewing Alastair Clarkson over clash with fan

Alastair Clarkson.

Emma Quayle South Australian police are interviewing Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson over his confrontation with a fan outside the team hotel in Adelaide last month.

How Western Bulldogs' Jake Stringer came back stronger

 Western Bulldogs footballer Jake Stringer with his partner Abby and their daughter Milla.

Emma Quayle People told Jake Stringer AFL footy wouldn't be fun, having a baby would be hard work and it would take him more than two years to get over his broken leg. They were right about one of them.

Western Bulldogs appoint fourth female director, in an AFL first

Leadership team: Board members (clockwise from left) Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Gaye Hamilton, Susan Alberti and Fiona McGauchie.

Emma Quayle Women are on the cusp of parity with men for representation on the Western Bulldogs' board following their unprecedented appointment of a fourth female director.

Sam Docherty a bright spot for Blues after tough start

Sam Docherty wants the Blues to get better and he wants to be someone who helps make sure that happens.

Emma Quayle Sam Docherty's first few months as a Carlton player were emotionally challenging. He feels like they have made him a stronger, more confident person.

Bulldogs' bold calls at the draft table start to pay off

The Western Bulldogs celebrate after defeating the Sydney Swans.

Emma Quayle It didn't take long for Simon Dalrymple to get people talking. That's what happens when you are the Western Bulldogs' brand new recruiting manager and you use your first draft pick on a kid with a...

Bombers with work still to do, says coach James Hird

Bombers Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd  celebrate the win over St Kilda on Sunday.

Emma Quayle  Essendon must improve their contested work to match it against the best sides, according to coach James Hird.

North Melbourne's Robin Nahas handles pressing matters

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Emma Quayle Robbie Nahas understood why North Melbourne club wanted to move him to the rookie list to free up an extra pick in the national draft, and he also knew he had been in the team, playing well, when he...

AFL clubs keen to speak to discarded cricketer Alex Keath

Back on the footy radar: Alex Keath.

Emma Quayle Discarded Victorian cricketer Alex Keath would be a realistic chance to find a new home in the AFL should he decide to return to the sport he quit five years ago.