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.

Russian pole vaulter's son leaps into AFL football

Oleg Markov during the agility test  at The AFL Draft Combine.

Emma Quayle Son of a world champion pole vaulter, Oleg Markov is one to keep an eye out for.

AFL draft combine harvester: medium midfielders

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Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at the medium midfielders.

Nick Malceski meets with Suns as free agency period gets underway

Looking elsewhere: Sydney's Nick Malceski.

Emma Quayle Nick Malceski has met with the Gold Coast, with the defender considering a move interstate but still a strong chance to play out his career in Sydney.

AFL draft combine harvester: tall defenders

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at the tall defenders.

AFL draft combine harvester: tall forwards

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at the tall forwards.

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 draft combine harvester: medium defenders

Angus Brayshaw

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert profiles the medium defenders.

AFL draft combine harvester: medium forwards

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at the medium forwards:

AFL draft combine harvester: small forwards, defenders and midfielders

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at small forwards/defenders/midfielders.

AFL draft combine harvester: the ruckmen

Emma Quayle

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. First up, the draft expert profiles the young ruckmen.

It’s finally official: Frawley to leave the Demons

Going, going, gone: James Frawley has officially left the Demons.

Emma Quayle Melbourne defender James Frawley has confirmed football's worst-kept secret by quitting the Demons.

Top AFL draft prospect Christian Petracca proves his midfield credentials

Christian Petracca wants to earn respect.

Emma Quayle You might already know Christian Petracca. If you like football, like coffee and like to grab one inside the MCG then there's a very good chance you might have come across him.

Hawk Will Langford enjoys a golden moment on his way to achieving a lifelong goal

Will Langford celebrates with his family in the rooms after the game.

Emma Quayle Chris Langford watches his son play football before he takes in what Hawthorn is doing.

Mitch Clark set to choose between Geelong and Collingwood as his new home

Mitch Clark retired from Melbourne in April to focus on managing his health issues.

Emma Quayle Mitch Clark is close to settling on his preferred new club, with the forward spending a second day in Geelong on Sunday as he nears a decision on his future.

Pain not just on the field on grand final day

Alex Johnson

Emma Quayle One Swans defender has seen the ultimate highs and the desperate lows of elite football.

This time Hawthorn's Bradley Hill knows what's coming on grand final day

Emma Quayle Bradley Hill watched Hawthorn lose a grand final from the stands two years ago. But it wasn't until this time last year that Hill appreciated exactly what winning would mean, even though he had no...

Hawks don't fear 'Buddy factor,' Shaun Burgoyne says

Shaun Burgoyne:

Emma Quayle Hawthorn's players understand exactly what Lance Franklin is capable of producing in this week's grand final but will suffer if they concentrate too heavily on their former star forward, says...

I'm ready for the grand final, says Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli comes up against Footscray defenders during the VFL grand final on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli wants and feels ready to play for Hawthorn in Saturday's grand final, with the club facing an enormous decision on whether to slot the brilliant forward back into the side after three...

Collingwood prospect Darcy Moore leads Oakleigh Chargers to TAC Cup title

Darcy Moore of the Oakleigh Chargers marks during the U18 TAC Cup grand final against the Calder Cannons on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Collingwood father-son prospect Darcy Moore has completed his much-scrutinised season with another impressive, athletic effort in the TAC Cup grand final.

After four years of hard work, patience and bowling teammates over at training, Will Langford looks worth the wait for Hawthorn

Making his mark: Will Langford in round 22 against Geelong.

Emma Quayle When Will Langford was 16, he knocked back a football scholarship to live in France for three months as an exchange student.