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 trade period 2015: Brisbane Lions midfielder Jack Redden traded to West Coast

Emma Quayle Brisbane midfielder Jack Redden will play for West Coast next year, after the two clubs reached a deal on the opening day of trading.

AFL clubs test new draft night software

The Swans would have been listed as having the No.2 selection when they picked Isaac Heeney had the new bidding system been in place.

Emma Quayle AFL clubs have road-tested the new software that they will use for the first time on this year's dramatically revamped national draft night.

Running and jumping: the 2015 draft combine wash-up

Josh Schoenfeld competes in the 3km time trial on Sunday.

Emma Quayle With the season over and the combine now done and dusted, there is nothing much for this year's draft prospects to do but wait to find out which club will call their name out.

Draft hopeful Wayne Milera ready for his chance, hand on heart

Wayne Milera at the 2015 AFL draft combine at Etihad Stadium.

Emma Quayle Wayne Milera missed his first heart screening and didn’t imagine he would hear anything more about his ECG after making it in for a catch-up appointment.

Daniel Rioli progressing in the family business

Determined: Daniel Rioli is glad he made the move.

Emma Quayle Ask Daniel Rioli to describe the best possible Saturday. He won't need to think for very long, or make any of it up.

Jack Silvagni waits for his football destiny: 'Ultimately I'd love to end up at Carlton'

Jack Silvagni doing his reaction time test at the AFL Draft Combine while fellow father-and-son-rule draftee Josh Dunkley looks on.

Emma Quayle Jack Silvagni has wanted to play for Carlton his whole life, but knows the new bidding system has made the club's decision on whether or not to draft him a slightly more complicated one.

2015 AFL draft: combine harvester: Small and medium defenders

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Emma Quayle Profiles of the small and medium defender prospects attending the 2015 AFL national combine.

2015 AFL draft: combine harvester: Ruckmen

Gach Nyuon in action during the AFL Under 18 Championships.

Emma Quayle Profiles of the ruck prospects attending the 2015 AFL national combine.

2015 AFL draft: combine harvester: Tall forwards

Jacob Weitering.

Emma Quayle Profiles of the tall forward prospects attending the 2015 AFL national combine.

Harry and Ben McKay have talent spotters looking twice ahead of AFL national draft

Two of a kind: Twins Harry and Ben McKay from Warragul are hoping to hear their names called at the national draft.

Emma Quayle Ben and Harry McKay are mirror image twins. It makes sense they come to this week's draft combine from slightly different directions.

John Worsfold's first job as Essendon coach: get Matthew Leuenberger

Straight to work: New Essendon coach John Worsfold

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall On his first official day as new Essendon coach, John Worsfold rang Brisbane free agent Matthew Leuenberger to discuss a potential move to the Bombers.

2015 AFL draft: the combine harvester

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Emma Quayle Profiles of the 80 draft prospects attending the AFL national combine.

A family affair: Cyril Rioli wins the Norm Smith Medal

Cyril Rioli: Best on ground.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn playmaker Cyril Rioli was a popular winner of the prestigious Norm Smith Medal, voted best on ground by a panel of five judges at the 2015 AFL grand final.

AFL grand final 2015: How the Hawks, Eagles were built

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge waves to the crowd during Friday's grand final parade.

Emma Quayle If good recruiting can be reduced to picking talented players and keeping them at the club, it should surprise no-one that West Coast is the team trying to tear Hawthorn down on grand final day.

Jake Carlisle set to speak with St Kilda

Generating interest: Jack Carlisle.

Emma Quayle Jake Carlisle will meet with St Kilda on Friday, having returned from an overseas holiday to start making a decision on where he wants to play next year.

Recruiters to get last look at potential draft bidding targets

Emma Quayle The grand final day curtain-raiser will take on added significance this year, as clubs prepare for the introduction of future trading and the new draft night bidding system.

AFL finals 2015: Fourth time lucky for Hawthorn's Ryan Schoenmakers?

Positive attitude: Hawthorn's Ryan Schoenmakers says staying positive and training well is the key to changing his grand final luck.

Emma Quayle In 2012, Ryan Schoenmakers played in the grand final but the Hawks lost to Sydney. In the flag years of 2013 and 2014, he wasn't selected. Is this his year?

The Age best grand final, No.4: 2010

No winners: Collingwood and St Kilda players react to the siren in the drawn grand final.

Emma Quayle The Age asked for your favourite grand final of all time and we are counting down the top five through grand final week. Here, at No.

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AFL grand final 2015: There's room for me and Jack Gunston, says Ryan Schoenmakers

I'm a Schoe: Ryan Schoenmakers celebrates a goal against Fremantle

Emma Quayle Ryan Schoenmakers believes there is room in Hawthorn's forward line for both him and Jack Gunston, should Gunston recover from his ankle injury in time for the grand final.

Young footballer Sam McLarty wired up for grand final challenge

Emma Quayle Sam McLarty has a bionic ear, but the only time he feels any different from his teammates at the Oakleigh Chargers is when he has to remove the small black processor from above his right ear at night...