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.

St Kilda's American rookie puts the pieces together

Emma Quayle Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.

Why Melbourne shouldn't get a priority pick

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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.

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St Kilda's David Armitage in a hurry to help his teammates out

Emma Quayle David Armitage is planning as many extra swim, bike and running sessions as he can handle in the next few weeks, to help him provide St Kilda's young midfielders with the support he was offering them...

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Chris Dawes' new reality

Chris Dawes doesn’t feel like he’s played overly well since he has been back, and yet people have kept telling him he’s been in good form.

Emma Quayle Chris Dawes was away overseas when it came time to choose a new club. Four things about Melbourne had appealed to him, from when it became clear he needed a new club.

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Essendon strives to fast-track development of younger players

Nice try: Essendon captain Jobe Watson gets the better of Dyson Heppell at training on Wednesday.

Emma Quayle Bombers made only a handful of changes in the post-season period.

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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

Paul chapman

Emma Quayle  A team-by-team look at the fresh talent who may have an influence on your club's results this year.

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Melbourne may place Mitch Clark on long-term injury list

Mitch Clark.

Emma Quayle Bid to ease any additional pressure forward may feel as he takes time away from the club.

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Dustin Fletcher puts up shoes on family feat

Dustin Fletcher.

Emma Quayle The evergreen Essendon champ would love to play with his sons, but admits it's unlikely. For once, age is against him.

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Shaw sweetener secures Pies swap

Heath Shaw.

Emma Quayle Magpies' willingness to pay part of defender's salary next season crucial in finalising deal.

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Nahas to North, Armstrong to Pies

Robin Nahas

Emma Quayle Three players delisted last week have had their careers revived as free agents, with Dylan Addison, Robin Nahas and Tony Armstrong to play on next year.

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How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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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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Josh Toy is hoping for another chance at AFL level after playing 13 games with Gold Coast

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Emma Quayle When five of his Gold Coast teammates were delisted, Josh Toy knew what they would be feeling, because he's been feeling it too.

Emma Quayle's club-by-club guide to the 2012 national draft

Trade and draft news.

Emma Quayle All that you need to know about the clubs and the players up for grabs in the draft.

The Tippett saga: how it went wrong for Crows

Kurt Tippett and Steven Trigg.

Emma Quayle Almost two years after Adelaide talked Kurt Tippett into staying, the web began to unravel.

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Delay draft until season eve: Dees

Mark Neeld

Emma Quayle Delaying the pre-season or rookie draft would give clubs greater flexibility, says Mark Neeld.

Bellchambers works his way up to speed

Tom Bellchambers at the club's new high performance centre.

Emma Quayle Injury meant ruckman spent six weeks of his eight-week break in a moon boot.

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Bob Murphy to lead Dogs

Emma Quayle Bob Murphy will captain the Western Bulldogs in their opening round match against the Brisbane Lions this week, as Matthew Boyd begins his recovery from a calf strain.

Lame Dog feels like a pup again

Adam Cooney

Emma Quayle Adam Cooney could be winning his five-year battle to overcome a chronic knee injury.