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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Hawthorn loses Mitchell and Lake to long-term injuries, as Buddy (maybe) awaits

Emma Quayle Luke Hodge knew "the Buddy question" was coming but before the Hawthorn captain could talk about playing against his premiership teammate for the first time this week he had other things to discuss,...

Dons pair fall to soft-tissue injuries

Stewart Crameri

Emma Quayle Essendon appears set to lose two more players to soft-tissue problems, with forward Stewart Crameri and onballer David Myers doubtful to play against Hawthorn tomorrow night.

Key injuries adding to Saints' woes

Emma Quayle St Kilda's 35-point loss to Hawthorn compounded by two significant injuries.

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Pies weigh up options after latest injuries

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant.

Emma Quayle Collingwood will not rush Chris Tarrant back for this week's match against Adelaide, with the defender set to spend two more weeks at VFL level despite Ben Reid's latest quad injury.

Dons v Sheedy, Buckley v injuries

Best of foes: Mark ''Bomber'' Thompson and Kevin Sheedy.

Emma Quayle Essendon coach convinced Greater Western Sydney is on an impressive path.

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Reinvented Courtenay Dempsey prepares to celebrate 100 games for Essendon

Back in the mix: Courtenay Dempsey leads the charge for the ball.

Emma Quayle Courtenay Dempsey looked like he had been sitting at a desk for a month, when he was brought straight back into the Essendon side on Anzac Day.

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Dean Robinson's case against Essendon likely to stretch into 2015

Former Essendon conditioning coach Dean Robinson.

Emma Quayle Essendon could be preoccupied by legal issues surrounding its supplements program for some time yet, regardless of the result of its federal court action against ASADA, with former conditioning coach...

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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Injured: Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle The season could be over for Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli after his latest hamstring injury.

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West Coast defeats St Kilda for second successive win

West Coast's Nic Naitanui handballs away from Darren Minchington (left) and Lenny Hayes at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Emma Quayle West Coast has strung together back-to-back victories for the first time since the first three weeks of the AFL season.

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AFL to investigate reasons behind large number of repeat knee reconstructions

Emma Quayle The AFL has begun a comprehensive study of major knee injuries, after losing a record number of players to their second, third or fourth reconstruction in 2013.

AFL to investigate knee injury problem

Geelong's Daniel Menzeel was one of eight players to have a recurrence of an ACL injury in 2013.

Emma Quayle The AFL has begun a comprehensive study of major knee injuries, after losing a record number of players to their second, third or fourth reconstruction in 2013.

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Closing the gap between talented kids and AFL debutants

Emma Quayle dinkus

Emma Quayle When he started at the AFL early last year, the first thing Mark Evans turned his mind to was the umpiring department.

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AFL and clubs to explore ways of retaining indigenous talent

Sherrin

Emma Quayle Strategies for keeping the AFL's talented young indigenous players in the game will be one of the key subjects discussed at this week’s national talent forum, with indigenous draftees more...

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Tall forwards help Vic Country beat Vic Metro

Country's Hugh Goddard (left) battles Metro's Sean McLaren.

Emma Quayle When Vic Country lost one of its best few defenders before the game, and another one early in the second quarter, the coaches were not entirely sure how they would cover a Vic Metro side featuring...

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Coaching the key to avoiding head-high hits, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Emma Quayle Coaching players to attack low, disputed balls in the correct way will do more to protect them against head-high hits than creating legislation that took “footballers away from playing...

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Blues building fitness with four wins from last five

Happy days: Brock McLean
celebrates with Dale Thomas.

Emma Quayle Carlton coach Mick Malthouse believes his side is starting to build some collective match fitness, with the Blues' last-gasp, five-point win over Adelaide on Sunday the club's fourth win in five...

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The best day of Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden's life

Luke Lowden comes to grips with Nic Naitanui.

Emma Quayle Every time Luke Lowden crawled close to the start of the queue, the line got even longer.

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Jarryd Roughead kicks eight as Hawthorn overwhelms West Coast

Jarryd Roughead (second from right) flies for a mark.

Emma Quayle The storyline leading in was about who Hawthorn didn’t have, and what West Coast hasn’t been able to do.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson starts his slow return to work

Alastair Clarkson.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has begun a gradual and low-key return to work, sitting in on the occasional meeting as he continues to recover from his auto-immune condition.

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Essendon hoping to add experience and height against Bulldogs

Set to return: Brendon Goddard.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to strengthen both its midfield and forward line for this week's match against the Bulldogs, with Brendon Goddard and Heath Hocking leading the likely inclusions.