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.

Hawks don't fear 'Buddy factor,' Shaun Burgoyne says

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...

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

Shaun Burgoyne and Sam Mitchell lead the Hawks out for the round seven game against St Kilda on Saturday, the 250th game for both.

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,...

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Clubs push for veteran concessions

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is one of three current veterans at the club.

Emma Quayle Clubs will lobby for long-serving players contracted beyond 2016 to remain eligible for veteran’s list concessions.

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New faces to launch Hawks' premiership defence

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Two rookies are among those being considered to fill the seven vacancies from the team that won the 2013 premiership.

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Sewell on the market

Brad Sewell with coach Alastair Clarkson following the Hawks' grand final victory.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn open to offers for premiership midfielder, with club exploring ways to create additional salary cap space and generate opportunities for its young onballers.

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Lions weigh up trade for Dogs' Grant

Jarrad Grant.

Emma Quayle Brisbane exploring trade that could see Jarrad Grant continue his career in Queensland.

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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.

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.

Rioli: forward or midfielder? Don't blink, or you'll miss him

Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli is running himself into a new role, writes Emma Quayle.

Cats keep streak alive

Tom Hawkins marks with moments to go.

Emma Quayle Geelong deny Hawthorn for the ninth consecutive time in an extraordinary after-the-siren finish.

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Buddy close

Oh yeah: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal during Hawthorn's win over Adelaide at the MCG.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will next week play Sydney for its first premiership since 2008, after overcoming an inaccurate start and a nervous finish to beat Adelaide by five points.

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Hawks and Swans: master tradesmen

Lance Franklin collides with Lewis Roberts Thomson.

Emma Quayle It takes time to piece together a premiership side. It takes even more to keep it at the top.

O'Keefe on a new path to victory

Norm Smith medallist Ryan O'Keefe.

Emma Quayle At one stage, Norm Smith medallist Ryan O'Keefe had considered leaving the Swans. He's glad he didn't.

Fit Roos hope to get hop on opposition

North Melbourne players take part in a practice match last week.

Emma Quayle Kangaroos name first-round NAB Cup squad well placed to attack pre-season games.

Easy does it for Hawthorn

Lance Franklin

Emma Quayle When a struggling team is still searching for its first win seven weeks into a season, the smallest moments seem to take on super significance.