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.

Western Bulldogs bring in AFL to investigate 'leak' to Adelaide Crows

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have asked the AFL to investigate the alleged leaking of sensitive game-day information to Adelaide in the elimination final.

Geelong midfielder Jarrad Jansen bound for Brisbane

Geelong logo.

Emma Quayle  Geelong's Jarrad Jansen looks set to join Brisbane during next month's trade period.

AFL finals 2015: Callum Sinclair's long-and-winding road to the West Coast Eagles

Callum Sinclair.

Emma Quayle You might have missed Callum Sinclair when he played for the Collingwood VFL team.

North Melbourne's Taylor Garner finally 'ready for the big league'

Reason to smile: Taylor Garner has worked hard for his spot.

Emma Quayle The first time it happened, Taylor Garner did not think he needed to worry too much. He didn't think he needed to worry at all, really. "I was wrong," Garner said. "I was really wrong."

Dylan Grimes re-signs with Richmond for another three years

 Dylan Grimes.

Emma Quayle Richmond defender Dylan Grimes has agreed to a new contract that will keep him at the club for a further three years.

Keep or trade?: what the Giants could do with Cameron McCarthy

Tough call: The Giants' promising forward Cameron McCarthy.

Emma Quayle When the statement arrived from Greater Western Sydney late last week - the one saying the club had categorically rejected Cameron McCarthy's request for a trade - it came with a bit of deja vu.

AFL trades 2015: Harley Bennell, Jarrad Grant and Jed Lamb consider their options

Harley Bennell was sacked by the Suns after being given a public nuisance notice outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

Emma Quayle Harley Bennell has gone home to Perth to begin contemplating his next move.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne through, Tiger hearts broken again

Relief and pain: North celebrate while Tiger hearts break.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne will play Sydney for a spot in the preliminary finals, after condemning Richmond to a third consecutive first-week finals exit.

AFL finals 2015: Jake Stringer has the score on the board in big games

Confident: Jake Stringer packs a punch.

Emma Quayle In one of his first few games, the story goes that Jake Stringer wandered up to an assistant coach and asked how he should handle a highly accomplished and much more experienced opponent.

Brisbane Lions determined not to lose Sam Mayes

Off limits: Brisbane will refuse to trade Sam Mayes

Emma Quayle  The Brisbane Lions say they will refuse to trade contracted forward Sam Mayes, who is interested in a move back to Adelaide, while intrigue builds around James Aish.

AFL finals 2015: How Western Bulldog Hunter went from risk to safe bet

Lachie Hunter

Emma Quayle The Bulldogs midfielder has put his early season wobbles behind him.

How AFL Rising Star Jesse Hogan learnt the hard way at Melbourne

Melbourne's hero: Rising Star winner Jesse Hogan.

Emma Quayle After missing his first season with a back injury, Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan has won the 2015 Rising Star award.

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Play it again Sam: Mitchell - and his son - know plenty about September

Grand feeling: Hawks Sam Mitchell and Bradley Hill with Sam's children in the 2014 grand final parade.

Emma Quayle Sam Mitchell's son had a question for him a few days ago. "When are we doing that parade, Dad?" he wanted to know. "When do I get to go in the back of the car?"

No more chances for Harley Bennell as Suns cut his contract short

Emma Quayle Harley Bennell was on his way out of Gold Coast before his argument with a security guard on Sunday night cost him his club's last little piece of patience in him.

End of season just the start for Essendon and Collingwood

Essendon's Heath Hocking and Elliott Kavanagh have reason to celebrate.

Emma Quayle The best thing about this match might be what it comes to mean, not what actually happened in it.

Kangaroo Goldstein leaps ahead as Age Footballer of the Year

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26:  Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos marks during the round four AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Simonds Stadium on April 26, 2015 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Emma Quayle The 27-year-old North Melbourne player polled 102 votes for the season from Age football writers.

Port Adelaide's seven indigenous players share some history

The seven indigenous players who turned out for Port Adelaide against Fremantle on Saturday (from left): Chad Wingard, Brendon Ah Chee, Jake Neade, Nathan Krakouer, Karl Amon, Paddy Ryder and Jarman Impey.

Emma Quayle There were only two other indigenous players on the Port Adelaide list when Brendon Ah Chee was drafted there almost four years ago. On Saturday night he was one of seven, playing in the same side.

AFL finals preview: Hawthorn's experience should get them over the line against West Coast – just

Nic Naitanui.

Emma Quayle It's really, really hard to tip against Hawthorn. They know how to win.

Essendon name Brad Sewell on coach selection panel

Thumbs up: Brad Sewell will help the Bombers find their next coach

Emma Quayle Hawthorn premiership player Brad Sewell will help Essendon find their next senior coach.

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Collingwood fined for late Brent Macaffer paperwork

Brent Macaffer.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has been fined by the AFL for playing Brent Macaffer in their VFL side before his return from the long-term injury list had been registered with the league.