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.

Adam Goodes closing on a return to Swans side

Emma Quayle Adam Goodes is closing on a return to the Sydney side, almost nine months after his last game.

AFL

Adam Goodes wants the AFL's indigenous player camp to become an annual event

Adam Goodes.

Emma Quayle The AFL's indigenous players' hope to enhance the value of their players camp by holding it once a season.

Mitch Clark set to choose between Geelong and Collingwood as his new home

Mitch Clark retired from Melbourne in April to focus on managing his health issues.

Emma Quayle Mitch Clark is close to settling on his preferred new club, with the forward spending a second day in Geelong on Sunday as he nears a decision on his future.

Pain not just on the field on grand final day

Alex Johnson

Emma Quayle One Swans defender has seen the ultimate highs and the desperate lows of elite football.

Western Bulldogs young gun Marcus Bontempelli's pre-season scare

Marcus Bontempelli

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.

AFL

Swans thrash Dogs to close in on top spot

Lance Franklin kicked six goals.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs were six goals down, but doing their best to get back into a game that already looked lost. Jake Stringer kicked a goal from just inside the 50-metre line.

AFL

What if Joe Daniher had chosen Sydney?

Daniher

Emma Quayle Not even Joe Daniher's parents knew what he would do, when he jumped in the car after Christmas four years ago, heading from Temora back to Melbourne with his older brother Darcy.

AFL

Knee cyst puts Franklin out

Lance Franklin.

Emma Quayle Lance Franklin's eventful week has continued, with Hawthorn's uncontracted forward to miss Friday night's All-Stars match with a calf injury.

Football

All Stars too strong for the Tigers

Steven Verrier

Emma Quayle THIS was Richmond, but a not-just-yet version. There was no Trent Cotchin, no Brett Deledio, no Ivan Maric, and Jack Riewoldt had flown home with the flu.

AFL

Indigenous talent in focus

Adam Goodes says retention is considered one of the biggest issues by the game's indigenous players.

Emma Quayle Leading indigenous players will push for clubs to appoint indigenous welfare officers.

Swan on target with knee injury

Adam Goodes

Emma Quayle Adam Goodes expects his return from a knee injury to speed up in the next few weeks.

AFL

Sylvia free to leave Melbourne

Colin Sylvia

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Colin Sylvia could leave, with Melbourne losing the right to match any rival bid.

Magpie defender Shaw on track to return against Lions

Heath Shaw

Emma Quayle Defender has overcome lower back complaint that kept him out of Sydney game.

Collingwood board, coach back McGuire

Emma Quayle and Stathi Paxinos The Collingwood board and coach Nathan Buckley have expressed support for president Eddie McGuire, who believes his efforts to make amends with Adam Goodes will see him avoid sanction for comments...

Whitecross presses for recall

Brendan Whitecross.

Emma Quayle Brendan Whitecross is on the cusp of rejoining the Hawthorn team, almost 10 months after he ruptured his knee in last year's qualifying final.

AFL

World at his feet

Emma-Quayle-sport-dinks

Emma Quayle After a brilliant debut season, and a whirlwind summer of travel, young Essendon star Dyson Heppell has finally been able to slow down and start thinking about his upcoming second year in the AFL.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

Emma Quayle Bombers notch their first win of an almost invisible pre-season.

Backing for Mifsud

Jason Mifsud

Emma Quayle, Varese, Italy Football has become too absorbed by the ''mad, bad and sad stories'' of Aboriginal AFL players, forgetting about the number of indigenous players starring in the game, according to former Sydney...