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.

AFL

Brisbane Lions re-sign Marco Paparone as youth policy pays off

Marco Paparone in action against North Melbourne's Sam Wright.

Emma Quayle The wounds of Brisbane’s recent youth exodus are continuing to heal, with another talented youngster extending his contract with the club.

AFL

Stewart Crameri moves on with the Western Bulldogs

No regrets: Stewart Crameri is glad he moved on.

Emma Quayle The first time Stewart Crameri trained as a Western Bulldog, he was a name player, the high-priced recruit.

AFL

Collingwood falls outside the top 8, as Crows make their move

Laclhlan Keeffe consoles Heritier Lumumba after the Pies' loss.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has tumbled outside the top eight for the first time since round five.

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.

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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

James Hird.

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.

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Jobe Watson to learn more about his chances for a comeback this week

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle An appointment with his surgeon this week will tell Jobe Watson more about whether or when he will return to the Essendon line-up this year.

AFL

Essendon smashes Collingwood to move back inside the top eight

Zach Merrett celebrates a goal.

Emma Quayle Last time, Essendon kicked five goals to none in the first quarter. Last time, Collingwood had levelled the scores by half-time.

AFL

Collingwood to look for grit and endeavour in final six rounds

Come here: Bomber Mark Baguley takes a stand against Pie Steele Sidebottom.

Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley will challenge his players to respond with “grit and endeavour” to the 64-point loss to Essendon on Sunday that he considered a dismantling, and the...

AFL

Why the Swans Academy is nothing to be scared of

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Emma Quayle Eddie McGuire is not the only person to have begun grumbling about how blessed Sydney is to have Isaac Heeney on the way as a first-round draft pick.

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Reinvented Courtenay Dempsey prepares to celebrate 100 games for Essendon

Back in the mix: Courtenay Dempsey leads the charge for the ball.

Emma Quayle Courtenay Dempsey looked like he had been sitting at a desk for a month, when he was brought straight back into the Essendon side on Anzac Day.

AFL

Dean Robinson's case against Essendon likely to stretch into 2015

Former Essendon conditioning coach Dean Robinson.

Emma Quayle Essendon could be preoccupied by legal issues surrounding its supplements program for some time yet, regardless of the result of its federal court action against ASADA, with former conditioning coach...

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell retires from AFL football

Emma Quayle Nick Maxwell knew, in the MCG rooms late on Sunday night.

AFL

Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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Geelong defender Jared Rivers discovers that winning feeling

Jared Rivers (above) is not sure what James Frawley will do, with the Cats one of a few clubs interested in the free agent, but knows his decision will be tough.

Emma Quayle Jared Rivers was not used to wondering, or worrying. He was used to asking questions, not needing to have them answered. He was one of Melbourne’s oldest players, experienced and a leader.

AFL

Carlisle's eight-goal haul gets Bombers over the line against Bulldogs

Courtenay Dempsey and Jake Carlisle celebrate Essendon's victory.

Emma Quayle An eight-goal Jake Carlisle game helps Essendon come from behind to beat the Western Bulldogs.

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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.