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.
Emma Quayle Kye Kurkowski had never heard of Australian rules football when he was invited to trial at the US combine in Florida, let alone considered whether he would be any good at it.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle All clubs will be free to trade future draft picks in this year's trade period after the AFL commission approved the move at a meeting Tuesday.
Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have signed another pair of promising young players to new deals.
Emma Quayle This time last year Jake Lever was seven months into his recovery from a knee reconstruction, so focused on his rehab that he didn't stop to think how it would affect his spot in the draft order.
Emma Quayle For the second year in a row clubs looking to draft a teenage ruckman will be choosing from a limited pool.
Emma Quayle Darcy Moore was a Collingwood supporter long before he got to the club and felt the same way most Collingwood supporters would have felt on Sunday night.
Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs appear destined to play in the finals in Luke Beveridge's first year in charge after they overcame Collingwood by 18 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Emma Quayle Jack Viney had been waiting, waiting, waiting. Not all that patiently, either. By the time he got to play his first game for Melbourne he had been around the club for more than two years as a...
Emma Quayle The day after they were drafted, Jed Adcock met Troy Chaplin at the Maryborough Oval. After growing up in the same town, sharing rides to basketball tournaments and playing in many of the same...
Emma Quayle Three days after he woke up and saw himself on the front page of the paper, Harley Bennell thought he had played his last game for Gold Coast.
Emma Quayle Melbourne has recorded its fifth win for the season, a milestone coach Paul Roos considers an important step in his side's development given where it has come from in recent years.
Emma Quayle An impressive first-half display from Melbourne set up their 24-point win over Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne has eased to a 41-point win over Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
Emma Quayle I want to write about how well Adelaide has handled such a tough, terrible week, and it's hard to know how to do it. But the way the club has coped needs to be acknowledged. It has been amazing.
Emma Quayle The ball was bounced, and the ruckmen jumped. The midfielders ran, the defenders tried to stop the forwards from kicking goals. There was a game to play.
Emma Quayle Taylor Adams has created some Monday morning work for the match review panel, after appearing to drop his knee into Port Adelaide player Justin Westhoff.
Emma Quayle The AFL may allow clubs to use future draft picks in trade deals as soon as this year.
Emma Quayle The hardest times have come when he has been sitting at home alone or trying to get to sleep at night, with nothing to do but think.
Emma Quayle Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is uncertain how he will cope in the coaches' box on Thursday, at the end of a week in which he has struggled to focus on his team's next game.
Emma Quayle Port Adelaide and Collingwood will unite to honour Phil Walsh ahead of their game on Thursday night.