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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Clarkson apologises for abusing VFL players

Alastair Clarkson.

Emma Quayle AFL Victoria issues Hawks coach a 'please explain' over his behaviour at VFL game.

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Saad to say whether he plays in VFL

ahmed saad

Emma Quayle This week's revelations of the positive drug test could see Saint face a two-year ban.

Demons look to VFL

Demons logo

Emma Quayle Mitch Clark and Jack Trengove may return to senior football via club's VFL affiliate.

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Roo to return through VFL

Hamish McIntosh.

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The unusual suspects helping the Western Bulldogs get better

Bob Murphy and Brendan McCartney at a media conference last week.

Emma Quayle Brendan McCartney knew why his Western Bulldogs had lost to Brisbane Lions, but he didn’t want to tell the players where and why they had gone wrong.

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Why Travis Colyer is starting to kick on for Essendon

Man on a mission: Travis Colyer.

Emma Quayle Travis Colyer was a 22-year-old who had played 34 games in four years when he signed a new contract with Essendon late last year.

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Blues hope injured Jarrad Waite can avoid an extended break

Emma Quayle Carlton is hoping Jarrad Waite will recover from a minor calf strain to play this weekend, with the veteran forward otherwise facing a three-week break in his battle to get back into the senior team.

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Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

Andrew Walker.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

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Top-four Cats look for rare win on the road

Jared Rivers and Steven Motlop at a training session on Tuesday.

Emma Quayle Geelong is fit, healthy, on a three-win run and building towards what coach Chris Scott believes will be its most consistent form of the season.

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Nathan Buckley admits win against Melbourne wouldn't make Footy Flashbacks

Pie-eyed: Collingwood's Dane Swan cops some attention from Demon Tom McDonald.

Emma Quayle While Nathan Buckley agreed his team’s fourth straight Queen’s Birthday win over Melbourne was an “ugly” one that wouldn’t make too many episodes of Footy Flashbacks, he...

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Levi Greenwood knows the value of rushing slowly

Pumped: Levi Greenwood.

Emma Quayle Levi Greenwood was coming into the last year of his contract but didn’t worry when a sore foot kept him from running for much of the summer.

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Essendon hoping to add experience and height against Bulldogs

Set to return: Brendon Goddard.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to strengthen both its midfield and forward line for this week's match against the Bulldogs, with Brendon Goddard and Heath Hocking leading the likely inclusions.

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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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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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Blues building fitness with four wins from last five

Happy days: Brock McLean
celebrates with Dale Thomas.

Emma Quayle Carlton coach Mick Malthouse believes his side is starting to build some collective match fitness, with the Blues' last-gasp, five-point win over Adelaide on Sunday the club's fourth win in five...

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How Carlton reset its start line after 22 post-season injuries

Chris Judd and Andrew Carrazzo were two of the Carlton players who needed end-of-season surgery.

Emma Quayle Slow starts are not always cancelled out by fast finishes, even for the very best teams. Hawthorn had barely finished celebrating the 2008 premiership when it sent three-quarters of the team off for...

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Hawthorn hopeful coach Alastair Clarkson will be back in a month

Alastair Clarkson is in hospital with the serious auto-immune condition.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Hawthorn remains hopeful that Alastair Clarkson will be back in the senior coaching seat in a month, but will not allow him to return to work until he is completely ready.

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The best day of Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden's life

Luke Lowden comes to grips with Nic Naitanui.

Emma Quayle Every time Luke Lowden crawled close to the start of the queue, the line got even longer.

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Alan Toovey a chance to return against Fremantle

Alan Toovey

Emma Quayle Alan Toovey's return to the Collingwood side remains on track, with the defender surviving his second match back from a knee reconstruction for the club's VFL side.

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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.