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.

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.

I'm ready for the grand final, says Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli comes up against Footscray defenders during the VFL grand final on Sunday.

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...

AFL grand final: Hawks planning for only minimal changes to team

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

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 softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Powering through: Ollie Wines leaves a flock of Hawks in his wake as Port Adelaide downs Hawthorn by 14 points in round 10.

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.

Sydney's Alex Johnson faces fourth reconstruction

Alex Johnson had surgery this week to deal with an infection that has troubled him since 2013.

Emma Quayle Sydney defender Alex Johnson is facing yet another huge challenge to resume his promising AFL career, with a fourth knee reconstruction looming. 

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

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.

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

Zac Merrett.

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

Ben Brown's baby steps to a very big stage

Thinking big: Saturday night's hero, Kangaroo Ben Brown, watches the Werribee-Williamstown VFL match on Sunday.

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.

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...

Western Bulldogs young gun Marcus Bontempelli's pre-season scare

Marcus Bontempelli

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.

Finals preview: North Melbourne v Essendon

Dyson Heppell shone the last time Essendon played North Melbourne.

Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.

Pies, Lions to nominate Moore and Clayton as father-son selections

Darcy Moore (left) in action for Vic Metro against Vic Country in May.

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.

Jack Frost the only Magpie set to play a full season, as the club's injury run continues

Jack Frost emerges from a pack when the Magpies played the Hawks in round 14 in June.

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.

No change to father-son bidding system for 2014

Darcy Moore may get to Collingwood for a bargain price.

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.

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Swans had plan to pull out of draft

The league has been examining a system that would see each draft pick assigned a points value.

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.

St Kilda's American rookie puts the pieces together

St Kilda’s American import found:

Emma Quayle Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.

Why the Hawks don't like Mundy or Pav after loss in west

Dominant: David Mundy of the Dockers attempts to break away from  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks.

Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.

Why Melbourne shouldn't get a priority pick

Emma Quayle.

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.

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett's inconclusive scans delay diagnosis

Gary Ablett leaves the field in pain in the third quarter of the game against Collingwood.

Emma Quayle, Alana Schetzer Gary Ablett is having scans on his injured shoulder this morning, with results expected by mid-afternoon.

AFL

Swans' Nick Malceski puts contract talks on hold

Jermemy Laidler, left, and Nick Malceski, right, of the Swans compete for the ball during the round 15 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

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.