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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Essendon smashes Collingwood to move back inside the top eight

Emma Quayle Last time, Essendon kicked five goals to none in the first quarter. Last time, Collingwood had levelled the scores by half-time.

Dons crack, Saints in top eight

Michael Hurley outsmarts Saint James Gwilt.

Emma Quayle Essendon misses its chance to grab top spot on the ladder and places pressure on its top-four prospects.

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Carlisle's eight-goal haul gets Bombers over the line against Bulldogs

Courtenay Dempsey and Jake Carlisle celebrate Essendon's victory.

Emma Quayle An eight-goal Jake Carlisle game helps Essendon come from behind to beat the Western Bulldogs.

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Collingwood to look for grit and endeavour in final six rounds

Come here: Bomber Mark Baguley takes a stand against Pie Steele Sidebottom.

Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley will challenge his players to respond with “grit and endeavour” to the 64-point loss to Essendon on Sunday that he considered a dismantling, and the...

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Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

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Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

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Kangaroos coach Brad Scott at a loss to explain slow starts

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott plans his strategy.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne will continue searching for the reasons behind its slow starts to games this year, after conceding the first seven goals in its 43-point loss to the slick, quick Gold Coast side on...

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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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McCartney talks up youngsters

Good day at the office: Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Emma Quayle Lesser-known members of side starting to realise what they have to offer.

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Battle of the AFL's big birds wins out over NRL

Mike Pyke of the Swans attempts to mark over the top of Max Bailey of the Hawks when the teams met in round seven at the MCG.

Emma Quayle AFL gains access to Sydney's ANZ Stadium for opening night of round 23.

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NRL booted off stadium

Simon Lethlean

Emma Quayle NRL forced into late-season fixture reshuffle after being booted off ANZ Stadium.

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Tigers use finals plan on Hawks

Jack Riewoldt.

Emma Quayle Never wanting to get too comfortable, Damien Hardwick wants to try new tactics against the Hawks.

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Lights, cameras but Bombers out of action

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Emma Quayle The Essendon players have performed under new sorts of pressure this year.

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McCartney smiling as forward line sharpens teeth

Satisfied: Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Coach confident that he is piecing together a more than capable group.

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Draft blow as picks gone with the wind

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Emma Quayle Shaking off the pain of lost draft picks is something Essendon has done before.

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Blues and Bombers in fight to avoid exit

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Emma Quayle As Blues coach Brett Ratten put it yesterday, both teams are approaching a T-intersection.

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Roo beauty

Hands on: Roos (from left) Liam Anthony, Robbie Tarrant and Sam Gibson combine to pressure Magpies midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.

Emma Quayle Roos continue surge towards September with first win over Pies in more than four seasons.

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.

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Rest may be best in long season: clubs

Nick Maxwell.

Emma Quayle Geelong won its first 13 games in 2011, enough to not only entrench it in the top eight by the midway mark of the season, but to allow the club to move players in and out of the side so that, come...

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Just too hard to Swallow

Review: North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow trains with his team on Monday.

Emma Quayle Roos skipper says team clear on what it's doing wrong and how to fix the problems.

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Hammer time for disappointing Roos

Adelaide's Jared Petrenko seals the deal as aghast North Melbourne fans look on

Emma Quayle Coach Brad Scott learns that the Roos are not mentally strong enough.