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.

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...

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...

AFL grand final: Hawks planning for only minimal changes to team

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

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Under-18s up for grand final date

Sherrin

Emma Quayle AFL adds new representative game to its underage schedule for 2014.

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...

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.

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.

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.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

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...

New Lion Jordon Bourke to make a fitting debut

AIS-AFL Academy Under 18s footballer Jordan Bourke during a training session at Princes Park.
28 March 2012.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Emma Quayle Jordon Bourke will become Brisbane's 10th debutant for the season. 

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.

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Brian Lake, Drew Petrie charges defended by match review panel

Hawthorn defender Brian Lake chokes his opponent Drew Petrie.

Emma Quayle The match review panel looked at the grappling undertaken by both Brian Lake and Drew Petrie in isolation, rather than in combination, in deciding both deserved disciplinary action.

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AFL umpire Simon Meredith on the mend after major health scare

Simon Meredith with wife Leiza and son Hamish.

Emma Quayle Simon Meredith felt fine, when he flew to Sydney two weeks ago to umpire the Swans’ game against Port Adelaide.

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How Carlton reset its start line after 22 post-season injuries

Chris Judd and Andrew Carrazzo were two of the Carlton players who needed end-of-season surgery.

Emma Quayle Slow starts are not always cancelled out by fast finishes, even for the very best teams. Hawthorn had barely finished celebrating the 2008 premiership when it sent three-quarters of the team off for...

Legendary AFL coach Tom Hafey dies

Tom Hafey

Emma Quayle Legendary AFL coach Tom Hafey has died. He was aged 82.

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Andrew Dunkley's teenage son Josh hopes to join Swans

Andrew Dunkley during his playing days at Sydney

Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley would love to play for Sydney, if he does enough in the next 18 months to convince the club to take him on.

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Old Dog with a new trick

Emma Quayle dinkus

Emma Quayle Brian Lake never dreamed of having the fairytale end of season that has come to be.