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.

Phil Walsh death: Adelaide starts difficult process of preparing for life ahead

Emma Quayle Adelaide has begun the difficult process of looking towards next week's game and the team's return to the field, following the tragic death of coach Phil Walsh.

'It's a call that you never want to get'

Toughest of days: Daniel Talia and Rory Laird leave the Adelaide club rooms as tributes are left for coach Phil Walsh.

Emma Quayle For Adelaide, everything changed at 3.30am. For the people who knew, loved and worked with Phil Walsh, football both meant nothing and was the one thing keeping them together early on Friday morning...

Understanding is the key in dealing with Harley Bennell

Emma Quayle

Emma Quayle Harley Bennell needs support from people who understand him, not people who are looking to lecture him.

Swans' draft prospect Callum Mills to be back in action soon

Going well: Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper.

Emma Quayle Callum Mills has had to sit, watch and wait as the 2015 draft order has started to take shape around him.

Last-minute win keeps Vic Metro from last spot

Emma Quayle Vic Metro has avoided a last-place finish in this year's national championships with a goal in the last 15 seconds of its final game.

Carlton facing big call on Jack Silvagni and Bailey Rice

Jack Silvagni in action for Vic Metro.

Emma Quayle Carlton could lose significant ground in the first round of the 2016 draft should they choose to match second round bids for father-son prospects Jack Silvagni and Bailey Rice this year.

Essendon to balance youth and experience in the run home, says coach James Hird

Paul Chapman (left) will miss another week with a groin strain.

Emma Quayle Essendon will continue playing its best possible side while endeavouring to develop its young players in the second half of the season, says coach James Hird.

The Swans, or the draft? Josh Dunkley has time to make up his mind

Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley has a decision to make later this year – Sydney, or the draft?

Queensland moves closer to under-18 AFL title

Emma Quayle Queensland has moved closer to the second division under-18 title, with a four-goal game from Eric Hipwood steering his side to a 38-point win over Tasmania.

Practice makes perfect for top draft prospect Josh Schache

Emma Quayle Josh Schache reached the end of last season wishing he had kicked more goals, and fewer points.

2015 AFL draft mid-season preview

Jack Silvagni in action for Vic Metro.

Emma Quayle The final two rounds of the AFL's under-18 championships will be played in Melbourne and Geelong on Friday-Saturday and next Wednesday-Thursday. Here's where they are at.

St Kilda keen for rookie list review, after Adam Schneider and Jack Sinclair decision

Emma Quayle St Kilda believes the current restrictive rookie list rules are due for revision, disappointed that they have been forced to choose between promoting Adam Schneider or Jack Sinclair back onto the...

Travis Varcoe takes his winning touch to Collingwood

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23:  Collingwood footballer Travis Varcoe poses for a portrait ahead of his 150th game at the Westpac Centre on June 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)

Emma Quayle Travis Varcoe has the best win-loss ratio in the game. And it's rubbing off on Collingwood.

Concussion forces Brisbane defender Matt Maguire to retire

Emma Quayle Brisbane veteran Matt Maguire has been forced to retire, two months after he was knocked unconscious in a reserves game.

Tom Boyd becomes the Bulldogs' newest Rising Star nominee

Emma Quayle Two years ago he was the number one draft pick. Last year he moved home, switching clubs on a once-in-a-lifetime contract. Now, Tom Boyd is a Rising Star nominee. 

The AFL's big improvers

Patrick Cripps has given his struggling team hope and heart.

Emma Quayle Some have been bright lights in otherwise sad seasons. Some have continued their steady season-by-season rise and helped their team improve, while others have found ways to reinvent themselves.

Essendon hit by injuries to Travis Colyer, Tom Bellchambers

Travis Colyer is out for the season.

Emma Quayle Essendon has lost Travis Colyer and Tom Bellchambers to foot injuries, with Colyer to miss the rest of the season with a cracked navicular.

Gary Ablett expected back in Gold Coast side this week

Gary Ablett has increased his contact work at training in the past couple of weeks.

Emma Quayle Gold Coast are confident that Gary Ablett will be cleared to rejoin the side for next Sunday's game against Carlton after a solid weekend training session.

Is it time to ditch the AFL rookie list?

Adam Schneider

Emma Quayle The rookie list began to lose meaning when it became a place for clubs to start housing as many break-in-case-of-emergency 30-year-old veterans as underdeveloped kids they needed time to make a call...

AFL eyes draft system kinks

Like father like son: Hawk Will Langford is hugged by father Chris after the 2014 grand final win.

Emma Quayle The AFL is working to iron out some potential kinks in the new bidding system for father-son and academy players, as clubs continue to digest it and prepare for potential scenarios.