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.
After four years of hard work, patience and bowling teammates over at training, Will Langford looks worth the wait for Hawthorn
Emma Quayle When Will Langford was 16, he knocked back a football scholarship to live in France for three months as an exchange student.
Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli wants and feels ready to play for Hawthorn in Saturday's grand final, with the club facing an enormous decision on whether to slot the brilliant forward back into the side after three...
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...
Emma Quayle When Ollie Wines flew home from the draft two years ago and started packing for Port Adelaide, he looked so white and worried that his mother told him he didn't have to go.
Emma Quayle Sydney defender Alex Johnson is facing yet another huge challenge to resume his promising AFL career, with a fourth knee reconstruction looming.
Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.
Liam Mannix, Emma Quayle Rising stars discuss their peers, and the next crop of young stars.
Emma Quayle Ben Brown wanted to know one thing - would he get a game? - and Scott West wasn't sure what to tell him. He had two ruckmen already at Werribee, and a handful of marking forwards to play.
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...
Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.
Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.
Emma Quayle The first pieces of the father-son puzzle have begun to slot into place, with Darcy Moore and Josh Clayton to be nominated by Collingwood and Brisbane.
Emma Quayle Jack Frost will do something no other Collingwood player has been able to manage should he get through training this week and line up against Hawthorn on Friday night.
Emma Quayle Sydney will be able to draft highly rated midfielder Isaac Heeney with a late first-round pick, with the AFL not ready to introduce its revamped bidding system.
Emma Quayle Sydney would have completely withdrawn from the national draft and started recruiting exclusively from New South Wales under a radical proposal put to the AFL.
Emma Quayle Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.
Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.
Emma Quayle In requesting another priority pick it feels like Melbourne is reinforcing the sense of helplessness that has surrounded it for so long, and that it should be doing its best to disown.
Emma Quayle, Alana Schetzer Gary Ablett is having scans on his injured shoulder this morning, with results expected by mid-afternoon.
Emma Quayle Sydney Swans defender Nick Malceski has put off contract talks with the club until the end of the season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.