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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Swans unlikely to rest players against Tigers, even with top spot almost sewn up

Listen to me: John Longmire talks to the Sydney players during Sunday's game.

Emma Quayle Sydney has almost sewn up top spot on the ladder after a big win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, but the Swans are unlikely to prepare for the start of their finals campaign by deliberately...

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Swans thrash Dogs to close in on top spot

Lance Franklin kicked six goals.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs were six goals down, but doing their best to get back into a game that already looked lost. Jake Stringer kicked a goal from just inside the 50-metre line.

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Longmire happy to wait as clubs circle Malceski

Nick Malceski has not missed a game in the  past three years and is averaging a career-best 24 possessions this season.

Emma Quayle Nick Malceski will consider offers from up to four clubs before deciding where to continue his 10-year career.

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.

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

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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.

Hawthorn still pushing for top-two finish in 2014

Jarryd Roughead’s return from suspension will strengthen Hawthorn’s attack against Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.

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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.

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St Kilda promote Ameet Bains, and bolster their off-field team

One of the first appointment by new St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis, left, was Peta Searle as an assistant coach, June 2nd.

Emma Quayle St Kilda's off-field revamp under new chief executive Matt Finnis is continuing, with the club promoting list manager Ameet Bains onto the club’s executive as chief operating officer.

Bombers to outline Hird's initial role

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Emma Quayle James Hird's focus upon his return to work at Essendon is expected to be on preparing for season 2015, whether he takes up a seat in the coaches box for the rest of this year or not.