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.

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Angus Brayshaw happy to wait for draft opportunity

Emma Quayle Brayshaw could have been at an AFL club this minute, and could even be playing senior football. But he's not unhappy with his timing.

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Why this year's AFL draft looks the most even in years

Draft prospect Jake Lever ruptured his ACL at the end of last year.

Emma Quayle This time last year Tom Boyd was the number one draft pick in waiting. Lachie Whitfield was annointed 18 months out, Jon Patton was leading the way two or three weeks into his draft season and David...

Melbourne would be best, but Billy Stretch would love to play for any club

Emma Quayle Billy Stretch only needs to impress one club this year to get drafted. He hopes that club is Melbourne, where his father spent eight seasons. But if not, that's fine.

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Tom Lamb stars in AIS-AFL Academy's victory over European Legion

Impressive: Clem Smith during Saturday's game at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle Tom Lamb played on the wing, in all parts of the forward line and above all else, well. The teenager is one of the most versatile and unpredictably exciting players in this year's draft and he was...

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Adelaide knocked back on father-son draftees, eight years after missing Bryce Gibbs

Bryce Gibbs

Emma Quayle Adelaide's 24-year wait to benefit from the father-son rule will continue beyond this season, with the Crows missing out on two potential draftees eight years after unsuccessfully pursuing Bryce...

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Teenagers show promise despite big loss to Collingwood

Emma Quayle When the AIS-AFL Academy played the Collingwood VFL side this time last year, Tom Boyd took 10 marks, kicked a goal and looked very much like a No.1 draft pick in waiting.

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Goddard is intense, organised and busy. But we're not talking about Brendon

2014 draft prospect Hugh Goddard trains with the AIS-AFL Academy at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle It wasn't until a few months ago that Hugh Goddard felt like he knew exactly what being an AFL player would be like.

Daniel Currie debuts for North Melbourne after an eight-year wait

Emma Quayle More than eight years after he was first drafted, Daniel Currie will play his first AFL game for North Melbourne on Sunday.

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North Melbourne off the mark with a round two win over the Western Bulldogs

Big kick: Luke Dahlhaus snaps at goal.

Emma Quayle Bulldogs got only so far, two kicks out, before North found a way to get the ball back and push it back in.

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Essendon and Carlton to wait and see on Patrick Ryder and Matthew Kreuzer

Paddy Ryder

Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Paddy Ryder will recover from a badly rolled ankle in time for Sunday night's game against Carlton, but the club may yet try to squeeze rookie-listed ruckman Jackson...

For 25 years, Josh Clayton's father has drafted teenagers to AFL clubs. This year he hopes it's his turn.

Josh Clayton.

Emma Quayle When Josh Clayton was 15, he went to watch South Australia play in the under-18 championships. He sat with his father, who wanted to know which player he liked best, and choose a kid called Sam Mayes.

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Clubs angry as AFL takes control of pre-draft interview process

AFL All Stars training camp

Emma Quayle AFL clubs can no longer interview any draft prospect without letting the league know first, under a tightening of recruiting rules.

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Dustin Fletcher puts up shoes on family feat

Dustin Fletcher.

Emma Quayle The evergreen Essendon champ would love to play with his sons, but admits it's unlikely. For once, age is against him.

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Richmond won't panic as it seeks its first win of season

Richmond players return to the rooms after losing to the Suns.

Emma Quayle Richmond's disappointment at its opening round loss is unlikely to spark any panic at the selection table before Thursday night's match against Carlton.

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AFL integrity crackdown spreads to part-time recruiting scouts

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Emma Quayle Under the AFL's increased focus on integrity clubs are required to register the personal details of recruiting scouts working as little as a few hours a week with the league.

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Dayle Garlett, and why AFL football isn't for everyone

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Emma Quayle Dayle Garlett wanted to be an AFL player. He found out what he needed to do to become one, and decided he didn't want to do it anymore.

Matthew Kreuzer, Matthew Watson late withdrawals for Carlton's match against Richmond

Matthew Kreuzer.

Emma Quayle Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is set to miss Thursday night's game against Richmond, due to his ongoing foot problem.

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Watts to line up for Melbourne in Sunday's game against West Coast

Jack Watts.

Emma Quayle Melbourne's injury woes have not stretched to Jack Watts, with the midfielder-in-the-making named to play in Sunday's match against West Coast.

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Four young forwards to excite AFL fans

Tall forwards

Emma Quayle Not for years have we seen such exciting young forwards.