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 grand final: Hawks planning for only minimal changes to team

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

The AFL's rising stars of 2014 answer the big questions

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Liam Mannix, Emma Quayle Rising stars discuss their peers, and the next crop of young stars.

Mitch Clark keen to resume AFL career

Mitch Clark told Channel Seven he had needed time off but now felt enthusiastic about playing again.

Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane Mitch Clark✓ says he would ''love'' to return to Melbourne and continue his AFL career, yet it remains uncertain whether the retired key forward will end up at the Demons, and if not, how he...

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AFL draft age to remain at 18, for now

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Emma Quayle The draft age will remain at 18, but the AFL plans to start investing more heavily in talented older prospects.

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AFL coaches discuss the state of the game over dinner at the boss's place

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Emma Quayle Geelong coach Chris Scott expects the competition’s coaches to start catching up more often, after enjoying their big-picture conversation about what they can do to make the game as watchable...

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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The next generation of AFL players set to strut their stuff

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Emma Quayle For the first time ever, the national under-18 championships have been played over six home-and-away rounds.

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AFL umpire Simon Meredith on the mend after major health scare

Simon Meredith with wife Leiza and son Hamish.

Emma Quayle Simon Meredith felt fine, when he flew to Sydney two weeks ago to umpire the Swans’ game against Port Adelaide.

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From Sudan to the AFL: three teenagers hoping to make the big time

AFL hopefuls: Mabior Chol, Gach Nyuon and Duom Dawam.

Emma Quayle Duom Dawam felt like his heart had been broken when he missed out on making the Vic Metro squad for this year’s under-18 championships.

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AFL retired and withdrew six players unable to control their drug use

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Emma Quayle The AFL has temporarily withdrawn three players with illicit drug problems from competition, and "retired" another three who were unable to control their addictions.

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AFL to persist with current interchange cap

Interchange changes.

Emma Quayle The current interchange cap will remain in place for at least one more season, with the AFL not contemplating any changes until at least 2016.

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AFL may lift draft age as part of wide-ranging talent review

Players like No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd may receive extra help.

Emma Quayle The AFL may consider lifting the draft age, allowing clubs greater access to draft age players and expanding its elite national academy, as a result of its wide-ranging review of the talent pathway.

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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.

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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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

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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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Dayle Garlett, and why AFL football isn't for everyone

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Emma Quayle Dayle Garlett wanted to be an AFL player. He found out what he needed to do to become one, and decided he didn't want to do it anymore.

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AFL clubs divided over proposal to raise draft age

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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.

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After eight years, Daniel Currie plays his first AFL game

Daniel Currie marks in front of Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle Daniel Currie had been an AFL footballer for seven years, without really ever being one.

Legendary AFL coach Tom Hafey dies

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