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.

AFL draft combine harvester: medium defenders

Angus Brayshaw

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert profiles the medium defenders.

It’s finally official: Frawley to leave the Demons

Going, going, gone: James Frawley has officially left the Demons.

Emma Quayle Melbourne defender James Frawley has confirmed football's worst-kept secret by quitting the Demons.

AFL draft combine harvester: the ruckmen

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Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. Here, the draft expert profiles the young ruckmen.

Top AFL draft prospect Christian Petracca proves his midfield credentials

Christian Petracca wants to earn respect.

Emma Quayle You might already know Christian Petracca. If you like football, like coffee and like to grab one inside the MCG then there's a very good chance you might have come across him.

Mitch Clark set to choose between Geelong and Collingwood as his new home

Mitch Clark retired from Melbourne in April to focus on managing his health issues.

Emma Quayle Mitch Clark is close to settling on his preferred new club, with the forward spending a second day in Geelong on Sunday as he nears a decision on his future.

AFL grand final 2014: The moments that mattered

Will Langford celebrates miracle goal.

Emma Quayle The moments that mattered in the season decider.

Hawk Will Langford enjoys a golden moment on his way to achieving a lifelong goal

Will Langford celebrates with his family in the rooms after the game.

Emma Quayle Chris Langford watches his son play football before he takes in what Hawthorn is doing.

Pain not just on the field on grand final day

Alex Johnson

Emma Quayle One Swans defender has seen the ultimate highs and the desperate lows of elite football.

This time Hawthorn's Bradley Hill knows what's coming on grand final day

Emma Quayle Bradley Hill watched Hawthorn lose a grand final from the stands two years ago. But it wasn't until this time last year that Hill appreciated exactly what winning would mean, even though he had no...

Hawks don't fear 'Buddy factor,' Shaun Burgoyne says

Shaun Burgoyne:

Emma Quayle Hawthorn's players understand exactly what Lance Franklin is capable of producing in this week's grand final but will suffer if they concentrate too heavily on their former star forward, says...

After four years of hard work, patience and bowling teammates over at training, Will Langford looks worth the wait for Hawthorn

Making his mark: Will Langford in round 22 against Geelong.

Emma Quayle When Will Langford was 16, he knocked back a football scholarship to live in France for three months as an exchange student.

I'm ready for the grand final, says Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli comes up against Footscray defenders during the VFL grand final on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli wants and feels ready to play for Hawthorn in Saturday's grand final, with the club facing an enormous decision on whether to slot the brilliant forward back into the side after three...

Collingwood prospect Darcy Moore leads Oakleigh Chargers to TAC Cup title

Darcy Moore of the Oakleigh Chargers marks during the U18 TAC Cup grand final against the Calder Cannons on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Collingwood father-son prospect Darcy Moore has completed his much-scrutinised season with another impressive, athletic effort in the TAC Cup grand final.

AFL grand final: Hawks planning for only minimal changes to team

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

Simon Goodwin to coach Demons, despite late call from Crows

Simon Goodwin has joined the Demons.

Emma Quayle A phone call from his good friend Mark Ricciuto on Wednesday night could not sway Simon Goodwin from his commitment to take over as Melbourne coach in 2017, after two years fleshing out his...

The softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Powering through: Ollie Wines leaves a flock of Hawks in his wake as Port Adelaide downs Hawthorn by 14 points in round 10.

Emma Quayle When Ollie Wines flew home from the draft two years ago and started packing for Port Adelaide, he looked so white and worried that his mother told him he didn't have to go.

Sydney's Gary Rohan gets moving again

Rohan broke his leg against North Melbourne in 2012.

Emma Quayle It was supposed to be better. It wasn't still supposed to be sore. The end of Gary Rohan's season was meant to be the end of his broken leg and the start of whatever happened next, but when he went...

Adelaide Crows sack coach Brenton Sanderson

Brenton Sanderson

Emma Quayle Adelaide has sacked coach Brenton Sanderson, less than 12 months after extending his contract for two seasons.

Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease to seek new home

Emma Quayle Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease will seek a new home during this year's trade period after being told he would not be offered a contract for next season.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.