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.

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Could Mason Cox be the next really big thing?

Emma Quayle What makes the American most interesting is that five clubs really want to sign him, and that they're spending this week trying to convince him to choose them.

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Brodie Grundy due for a rest - but not just yet

Brodie Grundy, while developing as a ruckman has been on the wrong side of the umpires.

Emma Quayle Collingwood will continue to keep a close eye on how Brodie Grundy is handling his first full season as the club's first-choice ruckman, and doesn't expect him to play every game in the last half of...

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Coaching the key to avoiding head-high hits, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Emma Quayle Coaching players to attack low, disputed balls in the correct way will do more to protect them against head-high hits than creating legislation that took “footballers away from playing...

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Umpires should refer on-siren goals upstairs, says Buckley

Josh Jenkins kick the controversial goal.

Emma Quayle Arming the upstairs umpire with the technology required to adjudicate scores on or just after the siren would allow the AFL to avoid a repeat of last week's post-siren goal error according to...

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Nathan Buckley predicts Travis Cloke will soon 'tear a game apart'

Travis Cloke.

Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Travis Cloke will regain top form through his ongoing hard work and the help of his teammates, predicting the key forward will soon 'tear a game apart' as...

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Tall forwards help Vic Country beat Vic Metro

Country's Hugh Goddard (left) battles Metro's Sean McLaren.

Emma Quayle When Vic Country lost one of its best few defenders before the game, and another one early in the second quarter, the coaches were not entirely sure how they would cover a Vic Metro side featuring...

Toby Greene's club-imposed sanctions to stand

Toby Greene.

Emma Quayle GWS and Toby Greene agree to five-match club suspension and $5000 fine.

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Why lifting the draft age to 19 would be a bad idea

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Emma Quayle If clubs couldn't draft players until they turned 19, we wouldn't have seen Jack Billings slot goals from the pocket for St Kilda this year.

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Draft prospects set to spend more time at senior clubs

Bulldog Jake Stringer (left), seen taking a mark ahead of Geelong's Andrew Mackie last year, is one recent draftee who has benefited from exposure to VFL football in his draft season.

Emma Quayle More of Victoria's talented draft prospects could be pushed up into VFL-level sides, as the AFL and clubs look for ways to close the growing gap between junior and senior football.

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How the Suns and Giants got the best of both worlds

Gary Ablett

Emma Quayle The television commercial starts with a boy and girl arguing across the dinner table: what would be better, soft taco shells or hard? It ends with the whole family celebrating their young sister's...

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What if Joe Daniher had chosen Sydney?

Daniher

Emma Quayle Not even Joe Daniher's parents knew what he would do, when he jumped in the car after Christmas four years ago, heading from Temora back to Melbourne with his older brother Darcy.

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AFL clubs divided over proposal to raise draft age

Sherrin

Emma Quayle Clubs are split over whether the preparedness of draftees would be improved by raising the draft age to 19, with the question prompting much of the debate at Tuesday's talent forum.

Legendary AFL coach Tom Hafey dies

Tom Hafey

Emma Quayle Legendary AFL coach Tom Hafey has died. He was aged 82.

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Closing the gap between talented kids and AFL debutants

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Emma Quayle When he started at the AFL early last year, the first thing Mark Evans turned his mind to was the umpiring department.

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AFL and clubs to explore ways of retaining indigenous talent

Sherrin

Emma Quayle Strategies for keeping the AFL's talented young indigenous players in the game will be one of the key subjects discussed at this week’s national talent forum, with indigenous draftees more...

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Western Bulldogs take their chances to notch narrow win over Melbourne

Bulldog Robert Murphy kicks ahead as Demon Jay Kennedy-Harris
gives chase.

Emma Quayle Western Bulldogs emerge victorious in a war of attrition against Melbourne, winning by 16 points.

AFL to investigate knee injury problem

Geelong's Daniel Menzeel was one of eight players to have a recurrence of an ACL injury in 2013.

Emma Quayle The AFL has begun a comprehensive study of major knee injuries, after losing a record number of players to their second, third or fourth reconstruction in 2013.

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AFL to investigate reasons behind large number of repeat knee reconstructions

Emma Quayle The AFL has begun a comprehensive study of major knee injuries, after losing a record number of players to their second, third or fourth reconstruction in 2013.

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Stronger Schoenmakers offers versatility for Hawks

Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates.

Emma Quayle If you thought Ryan Schoenmakers looked glad to be back, you were right: he hadn't played in a year.