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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Why this year's AFL draft looks the most even in years

Emma Quayle This time last year Tom Boyd was the number one draft pick in waiting. Lachie Whitfield was annointed 18 months out, Jon Patton was leading the way two or three weeks into his draft season and David...

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Tom Lamb stars in AIS-AFL Academy's victory over European Legion

Impressive: Clem Smith during Saturday's game at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle Tom Lamb played on the wing, in all parts of the forward line and above all else, well. The teenager is one of the most versatile and unpredictably exciting players in this year's draft and he was...

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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.

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Clubs angry as AFL takes control of pre-draft interview process

AFL All Stars training camp

Emma Quayle AFL clubs can no longer interview any draft prospect without letting the league know first, under a tightening of recruiting rules.

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AFL cuts trade period by a week

AFL trade week.

Emma Quayle The AFL has lopped a week off this year’s trade period, as part of a move to create a snappier post-season.

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AFL integrity crackdown spreads to part-time recruiting scouts

Sherrin

Emma Quayle Under the AFL's increased focus on integrity clubs are required to register the personal details of recruiting scouts working as little as a few hours a week with the league.

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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

Paul chapman

Emma Quayle  A team-by-team look at the fresh talent who may have an influence on your club's results this year.

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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 compensation picks to be called earlier

AFL trade week.

Emma Quayle The free agency compensation system will remain in place for at least one more year, but the AFL has promised clubs it will given them an earlier and clearer indication of the picks they will receive...

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Adam Goodes wants the AFL's indigenous player camp to become an annual event

Adam Goodes.

Emma Quayle The AFL's indigenous players' hope to enhance the value of their players camp by holding it once a season.

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Four young forwards to excite AFL fans

Tall forwards

Emma Quayle Not for years have we seen such exciting young forwards.

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AFL draft hopeful Cameron McCarthy is unfazed by the attention

Cameron McCarthy

Emma Quayle The X-factor in this year's draft is a cool customer, writes Emma Quayle.

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AFL draft hopeful Jay Kennedy-Harris is waiting for a leading on-field role

Jay Kennedy-Harris.

Emma Quayle His first role was as 'boy scout No. 2' and it got him into the background of a scene on Neighbours.

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Nathan Jones' brother keen for AFL success

Countdown to the draft.

Emma Quayle Zak Jones was just a kid when his big brother became a first-round draft pick eight years ago.

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AFL hopeful Ben Lennon on course

Ben Lennon with his sister Grace.

Emma Quayle It's no doubt the Lennons are a competitive family, the only question is how far will they go?

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AFL clubs face $20,000 fines for conducting medical tests on potential draftees

intensive care unit monitoring system

Emma Quayle The AFL warns clubs against conducting their own medical testing of potential draftees.

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AFL draft will split four close friends and families

Boys one week, men the next

Emma Quayle The draft will split four boys and their families, but friendships will remain.

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Club-by-club guide to the 2013 AFL draft

Getting ready for the AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Draft expert Emma Quayle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of every AFL club.

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AFL expanding horizons but northern states a draft worry

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Emma Quayle Of the 40 players given their first chance in Wednesday's rookie draft, seven came from other countries.

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Ahmed Saad's 18-month ban places his AFL career in jeopardy

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda declining to redraft the forward as a rookie as he prepares to spend 18 months on the sidelines for taking a banned stimulant.