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.

Carlton father-son prospect Jack Silvagni stars for Vic Metro

Emma Quayle Carlton father-son prospect Jack Silvagni kicked six goals for Vic Metro on Saturday, in his most eye-catching performance of the under-18 championships.

Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps in hospital after collapsing

Jason Cripps in 2010

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps has been hospitalised after collapsing during a Saturday morning run.

Brisbane Lions defender Matt Maguire's career on line after concussion

Emma Quayle Brisbane defender Matt Maguire is battling the serious after-effects of a concussion that may bring an early end to his 14-year career.

The AFL's challenge, according to Chris Judd: keep the game and its players 'human'

Chris Judd speaks to the media, announcing his retirement on Tuesday.

Emma Quayle Chris Judd retired on Tuesday as one of the greatest players the AFL has seen, believing one of the league's greatest challenges is to keep the game and its players connected with the real world.

Chris Judd retires from AFL

Chris Judd in action for the Blues.

Emma Quayle Chris Judd knew as soon as he landed badly on Saturday that he had played his final game of AFL football.

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Travis Cloke kicks seven as Magpies defeat Demons

Travis Cloke of the Magpies grabs a mark in front of Tom McDonald of the Demons during the round 10 match on Monday.

Emma Quayle Travis Cloke had a day to remember, booting seven goals without a miss as Collingwood extended their unbeaten streak against Melbourne to 11 matches with a 25-point victory in a Queens's Birthday...

How Chris Judd changed the draft

Hobbled: Chris Judd.

Emma Quayle Darcy Tucker wants to be like Chris Judd because of the way he works hard no matter the circumstances he finds himself or his team in.

Vic Country lead the race for under-18 title

Vic Country's Kieran Collins evades Vic Metro's Sam McLarty during the U-18 match in Geelong on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Vic Country has moved closer to its first under-18 title in five years, with a 35-point win over Vic Metro on Sunday.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley back in the box after surgery

Nathan Buckley.

Emma Quayle Nathan Buckley is expected to coach his Collingwood side from the box in Monday's game against Melbourne, after a successful recovery from hamstring surgery.

Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell plays the waiting game

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Emma Quayle Tom Mitchell wanted to play for Sydney. He wanted to be in the Swans' senior team and he wanted it so much more than the people watching, waiting and wondering exactly how long until his next game.

New draft bidding system to debut live on AFL draft night

Emma Quayle The AFL's new bidding system for father-son and academy players is set to be unveiled live at this year's national draft, as part of a dramatically revamped night.

Greater Western Sydney Giants confident of keeping young stars

Emma Quayle  Greater Western Sydney should not be forced into losing one of the club's established young stars to a rival club in order to access its pair of highly rated academy players using the new...

Essendon pair Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to miss game against Geelong

Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Essendon has lost key pair Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Geelong, with both players injured during Saturday night's loss to Richmond.

Gutted Roos coach Brad Scott vows repercussions

Comeback: Jamie Elliott is congratulated after a goal in Collingwood’s win.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's capitulation to Collingwood left coach Brad Scott feeling as disgusted, appalled and shattered as he has ever been in his time at the club.

AFL under-18s: SA and Vic Country win second-round games

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Emma Quayle Aaron Francis took a dozen marks on Saturday, as South Australia beat Vic Metro to notch their first win of the national championships. But there was much more to it than that.

Alex Keath open to AFL talks at the end of the season

Wanted: Former Victorian cricketer Alex Keath may be open to AFL offers.

Emma Quayle, Jesse Hogan Alex Keath has not closed the door on a possible return to football, with clubs told he is open to talking with them at the end of the season.

What does it feel like to do your knee in your debut game? Richmond's Nathan Drummond knows

Richmond footballer Nathan Drummond.

Emma Quayle Not many people rupture their knee in their very first AFL game. Richmond youngster Nathan Drummond talks about his best and most miserable day.

Jason Winderlich inching closer to a return for Essendon

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Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Jason Winderlich will have a part to play in its season, with the veteran close to returning from significant back problems.

Draft prospect Bailey Rice's big decision: Carlton or the Saints?

Bailey Rice has made a bright start to his second season with Dandenong.

Emma Quayle When the AFL released its new bidding system for father-son prospects last week, Bailey Rice was tagged in a Facebook link to an article explaining how it would work.

Vic Country starts under-18 championships with last-minute win

Jy Simpkin of Vic Country celebrates after kicking the winning goal after the siren.

Emma Quayle Rhys Mathieson wasn't watching when his Vic Country teammates launched the piece of play that saw them snatch an after-the-siren win over Vic Metro in their opening game of the national under-18...