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.

O'Brien needs time and space to sort out issues

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Emma Quayle Pies star deserves to deal with distressing issues without constant questioning.

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.

Adelaide Crows sack coach Brenton Sanderson

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Emma Quayle Adelaide has sacked coach Brenton Sanderson, less than 12 months after extending his contract for two seasons.

Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease to seek new home

Emma Quayle Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease will seek a new home during this year's trade period after being told he would not be offered a contract for next season.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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.

North Melbourne defender Nathan Grima wary of more than just Franklin and Tippett

Lindsay Thomas, Nathan Grima, Todd Goldstein and Aaron Black sing the club song in the rooms after their win on Friday night.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

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

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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.

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.

Sore Cat Steve Johnson under close injury watch again

Steve Johnson was in the wars, also suffering a cut head.

Emma Quayle Steve Johnson will spend the next week trying to convince Geelong's medical and coaching teams that he can get his injured foot through at least one more final.

New Lion Jordon Bourke to make a fitting debut

AIS-AFL Academy Under 18s footballer Jordan Bourke during a training session at Princes Park.
28 March 2012.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Emma Quayle Jordon Bourke will become Brisbane's 10th debutant for the season. 

Stingrays, Dragons make next round of finals

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Emma Quayle Dandenong and Sandringham have made it through to the second week of the TAC Cup finals, with wins over the Western Jets and Murray Bushrangers on Sunday.

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.

Scott Gumbleton retires after playing 35 of a possible 183 AFL games

Scott Gumbleton during a Fremantle training session earlier this year.

Emma Quayle The talent of Fremantle forward Scott Gumbleton will remain mostly unfulfilled, with the forward retiring after eight years of battling injury.

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.

Is this year's Rising Star crop the most even ever?

No one at the Brisbane Lions thinks Lewis Taylor's season has as been bettered.

Emma Quayle There are few more subjective awards than the Rising Star, perhaps none that are based basically on which player which judge has liked best.

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With a little help, Lewis Taylor's star starts rising

No one at the Brisbane Lions thinks Lewis Taylor's season has as been bettered.

Emma Quayle You could fill this whole story with the reasons Lewy Taylor couldn't, shouldn't and was never going to get drafted, play every game in his debut season and win the Rising Star award.

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.