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.

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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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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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Luke McDonald could miss AFL draft for Kangaroos' Utah training camp

Luke McDonald

Emma Quayle North Melbourne ask for Luke McDonald to skip national draft so he can travel with his new teammates.

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AFL draft hopeful Cameron McCarthy is unfazed by the attention

Cameron McCarthy

Emma Quayle The X-factor in this year's draft is a cool customer, writes Emma Quayle.

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AFL draft hopeful Jay Kennedy-Harris is waiting for a leading on-field role

Jay Kennedy-Harris.

Emma Quayle His first role was as 'boy scout No. 2' and it got him into the background of a scene on Neighbours.

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AFL draft will split four close friends and families

Boys one week, men the next

Emma Quayle The draft will split four boys and their families, but friendships will remain.

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Club-by-club guide to the 2013 AFL draft

Getting ready for the AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Draft expert Emma Quayle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of every AFL club.

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Picking through the draft

Jack Billings poses for a photograph with his father Graeme and mother Letitia

Emma Quayle A handful of clubs invested more heavily in this draft than others did, for various reasons, and were well rewarded.

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Players to look out for in the Rookie Draft

Nick Bourke.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks ahead to this week's AFL Rookie Draft.

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Magpies pass over Jake Kelly in rookie draft

Jake Kelly.

Emma Quayle Collingwood's crammed rookie list has forced the club to overlook teenage son of 1990 premiership defender.

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AFL expanding horizons but northern states a draft worry

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Emma Quayle Of the 40 players given their first chance in Wednesday's rookie draft, seven came from other countries.

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2013 AFL Draft: first round can be crucial with so much young talent

Emma Quayle When an entire year of work comes down to the few seconds it takes to call out a name on AFL draft night.

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AFL draft 2013: Emma Quayle's first round prediction

Emma Quayle Our resident expert on the AFL draft, Emma Quayle, predicts how the opening round may pan out.

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Luke McDonald 'relieved' to be North Melbourne's top draft pick

North Melbourne No.8 draft pick Luke McDonald

Emma Quayle Luke McDonald will play for North Melbourne next year, with the club using its No. 8 draft choice to secure the midfielder.

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Draft picks must be the Holy Grail

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Emma Quayle Essendon will defend itself, James Hird wants to clear his name and there is no indication that the charges laid against the club and its coach, football manager, senior assistant and doctor will be...

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Draft blow as picks gone with the wind

Emma Quayle Shaking off the pain of lost draft picks is something Essendon has done before.

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Key questions in the draft

No.2: Josh Kelly is likely to be the second name called.

Emma Quayle The draft combine provides recruiters with plenty to weigh up in the weeks ahead.

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Boyd lives up to the No.1 draft pick hype with six goals

Thomas Boyd.

Emma Quayle It can't be easy to be the anticipated No.1 draft pick at the start of the under-18 championships.

Draft hopeful's injury blow

Emma Quayle Tom Boyd, the most highly rated key forward in this year's draft pool, will miss the rest of the national championships after injuring his ankle on the weekend.

Menzel hoping for a draft knees-up

Troy Menzel.

Emma Quayle Injury is the only doubt over the youngster.