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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AFL draft age to remain at 18, for now

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Emma Quayle The draft age will remain at 18, but the AFL plans to start investing more heavily in talented older prospects.

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Midfielders pushing up the order as the 2014 draft pool starts to take shape

Hands on AFL football

Emma Quayle When the new-look national championships began, the thinking was that the first part of this year's draft would be filled with tall players, and options at either end.

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Essendon hit with $20,000 fine for medical tests on draft hopefuls

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Emma Quayle Essendon has been fined $20,000 for testing potential draftees ahead of last year's national draft.

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AFL clubs divided over proposal to raise draft age

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Emma Quayle Clubs are split over whether the preparedness of draftees would be improved by raising the draft age to 19, with the question prompting much of the debate at Tuesday's talent forum.

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Why lifting the draft age to 19 would be a bad idea

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Emma Quayle If clubs couldn't draft players until they turned 19, we wouldn't have seen Jack Billings slot goals from the pocket for St Kilda this year.

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Draft prospects set to spend more time at senior clubs

Bulldog Jake Stringer (left), seen taking a mark ahead of Geelong's Andrew Mackie last year, is one recent draftee who has benefited from exposure to VFL football in his draft season.

Emma Quayle More of Victoria's talented draft prospects could be pushed up into VFL-level sides, as the AFL and clubs look for ways to close the growing gap between junior and senior football.

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Who wants to be the No. 1 draft pick?

Peter Wright stretches for a mark against Vic Country last month. He missed the game on Sunday.

Emma Quayle The new under-18 competition is halfway through, and has raised more questions than it has answered about the pointy end of this year’s draft..

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

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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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AFL may lift draft age as part of wide-ranging talent review

Players like No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd may receive extra help.

Emma Quayle The AFL may consider lifting the draft age, allowing clubs greater access to draft age players and expanding its elite national academy, as a result of its wide-ranging review of the talent pathway.

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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...

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

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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

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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

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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.