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.

Inside St Kilda: Why the Saints drafted Paddy McCartin

Paddy McCartin of the Saints.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle sat in on St Kilda's recruiting meetings throughout 2014 for her book The Draftees.

The AFL's new broadcasting rights deal: What $2.5 billion looks like

Emma Quayle

Emma Quayle If you broke the AFL's new broadcasting deal down into $100 notes and piled them up next to Buddy Franklin, they would make Sydney's highly-paid superstar look tiny.

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American Jason Holmes to debut for St Kilda this weekend

Story by: Emma Quayle
Photo: Ken Irwin KEN 2nd October 2013 The Age. Sport
Jason Holmes (USA) who was signed by St.Kilda

Emma Quayle St Kilda's American recruit Jason Holmes will play his first game for the club on Saturday, less than two years after being signed by the club as an international rookie.

Father-son rule change allows Bailey Rice a back-up plan

Emma Quayle Bailey Rice will be able to nominate as a father-son prospect for both Carlton and St Kilda, under a proposed tweak to the new bidding system being introduced this year.

Essendon may still be in for a big list upheaval, after James Hird's departure

Future uncertain: uncontracted Bomber Jake Carlisle.

Emma Quayle Essendon was heading towards an uncertain, challenging off-season, at the start of this week. Perhaps even more challenging than the last two rough-and-tumble trade periods, which is saying something.

Lions aim to secure free agent Matt Suckling through the draft

Matt Suckling (right) joins Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell in singing the team song after the weekend win over Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn could lose premiership defender Matthew Suckling for nothing should he take up a lucrative offer to join Brisbane at the end of the season.

Western Bulldogs destroy Melbourne

Just look at that: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his four goals on Sunday.

Emma Quayle It was late in the first quarter and a Melbourne player had the ball in his hands, two or maybe three kicks from goal.

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin reveals the challenges of becoming captain

Captain and now family man Trent Cotchin is growing with the job.

Emma Quayle Things have changed since Trent Cotchin became Richmond's captain, almost four years ago, not understanding exactly what he was in for but knowing it was what he wanted. He got married, to Brooke.

Will Langford and Taylor Duryea sign new deals with Hawthorn

Will Langford in action against the Demons  in round seven.

Emma Quayle, Ronny Lerner Hawthorn midfielder Will Langford, signed to a new four-year deal, hopes to start making his way back into the senior side through the VFL this weekend.

Father-son prospects given more time to make up their minds

AFL Sherrin

Emma Quayle Sydney father-son candidate Josh Dunkley will have the chance to see how this year's trade period plays out before deciding whether to nominate as a Swan or enter the open draft.

Marcus Bontempelli wants to make a difference beyond football

Marcus Bontempelli has grown up surrounded by women, all of whom have influenced him in ways he believes have made him a stronger and more sensitive person.

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli still lives at home and won't be too far away when he moves out at the end of the year.

St Kilda to fight out the year with aggression, says coach Alan Richardson

St Kilda's Sean Dempster leaves the field on Sunday after his 200th match.

Emma Quayle St Kilda coach Alan Richardson expects his side to approach the last month of its season with aggression and endeavour despite a difficult run home.

Fyfe, Johnson due back for Perth derby, but McPharlin may miss

Dockers David Mundy  and Chris Mayne after Sunday's win over the Saints.

Emma Quayle Ross Lyon expects to take a strengthened Fremantle side into next weekend's top-of-the-ladder clash with West Coast.

Dockers' talls leave Saints falling short

Heads he wins: Aaron Sandilands and Tom Hickey wrestle for possession.

Emma Quayle It is a well-established fact that Aaron Sandilands is tall. Extremely tall. And hard to move, get around or jump over.

New AFL future trading system to come with restrictions

Emma Quayle Clubs will have to use at least two first-round draft picks in a rolling four year period under the proposed new rules for the trading of future draft picks.

How the Western Bulldogs' forwards are sharing the love

Sharing the love: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle How does Jake Stringer feel about kicking a goal? Well, he'll do it. If he really, really, really, really has to.

Carlton happy to wait for new coach

Lygon Street limbo: While the search for a new coach goes on, Blues players promote the AFL's multicultural round in Carlton.

Emma Quayle Carlton is prepared to wait until the very end of the season to welcome their new coach, should be have finals commitments to see through with another club.

Western Bulldogs look towards September with big win over Essendon

Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs start pushing towards the top four with an 87 point win over Essendon.

The team effort that saved Jason Cripps' life

Recovered: Port's Jason Cripps.

Emma Quayle Incredible luck - and the quick thinking of his friends and colleagues - helped saved Jason Cripps' life after he collapsed of a heart attack in Perth last month.

Draft prospects to avoid drug strikes under new testing regime

A kit for testing blood and urine.

Emma Quayle Draft prospects who test positive to illicit drugs under the AFL's widened testing program will not carry any strikes into their senior careers.