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.

Finals preview: North Melbourne v Essendon

Dyson Heppell shone the last time Essendon played North Melbourne.

Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.

Stingrays, Dragons make next round of finals

Sherrin.

Emma Quayle Dandenong and Sandringham have made it through to the second week of the TAC Cup finals, with wins over the Western Jets and Murray Bushrangers on Sunday.

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Bombers finals' could hinge on court

James Hird

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle A leading sports lawyer says Essendon could mount a case for an injunction to play in the finals should the club be stripped of premiership points in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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Bombers may face finals fight

Essendon takes the field against Hawthorn in round 18. Will the Bombers be there in September?

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon could mount case for injunction to play in finals should it be stripped of premiership points, lawyer says.

Bombers losing grip on finals

Flying Hawk: Cyril Rioli leaps over Courtenay Dempsey last night.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.

Adelaide Crows sack coach Brenton Sanderson

Brenton Sanderson

Emma Quayle Adelaide has sacked coach Brenton Sanderson, less than 12 months after extending his contract for two seasons.

North Melbourne defender Nathan Grima wary of more than just Franklin and Tippett

Lindsay Thomas, Nathan Grima, Todd Goldstein and Aaron Black sing the club song in the rooms after their win on Friday night.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.

Sore Cat Steve Johnson under close injury watch again

Steve Johnson was in the wars, also suffering a cut head.

Emma Quayle Steve Johnson will spend the next week trying to convince Geelong's medical and coaching teams that he can get his injured foot through at least one more final.

Jarryd Roughead, the player the Hawks love to love

September dreaming: Jarryd Roughead has plenty of finals experience, but still doesn't know what to expect.

Emma Quayle It's not only Hawthorn's players who trust Jarryd Roughead to get them where they want to go. The players eat together at a Japanese restaurant every Monday night, many bring their children, and when...

Why the Hawks don't like Mundy or Pav after loss in west

Dominant: David Mundy of the Dockers attempts to break away from  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks.

Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.

Why Melbourne shouldn't get a priority pick

Emma Quayle.

Emma Quayle In requesting another priority pick it feels like Melbourne is reinforcing the sense of helplessness that has surrounded it for so long, and that it should be doing its best to disown.

Hawthorn still pushing for top-two finish in 2014

Jarryd Roughead’s return from suspension will strengthen Hawthorn’s attack against Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.

Swans unlikely to rest players against Tigers, even with top spot almost sewn up

Listen to me: John Longmire talks to the Sydney players during Sunday's game.

Emma Quayle Sydney has almost sewn up top spot on the ladder after a big win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, but the Swans are unlikely to prepare for the start of their finals campaign by deliberately...

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Longmire happy to wait as clubs circle Malceski

Nick Malceski has not missed a game in the  past three years and is averaging a career-best 24 possessions this season.

Emma Quayle Nick Malceski will consider offers from up to four clubs before deciding where to continue his 10-year career.

Gary Ablett out for season after electing for surgery

Gary Ablett

Emma Quayle Gary Ablett will miss the rest of the season after electing to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair his left shoulder.

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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.

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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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.

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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.