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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Club-by-club guide to the 2013 AFL draft

Emma Quayle Draft expert Emma Quayle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of every AFL 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.

Jobe down, Bombers up

Justin Westhoff of the Power bumps Bombers' skipper Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Essendon recovers from early loss of skipper Jobe Watson to score five-goal win over Port.

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Brownlow threat for Watson

Jobe Watson

Emma Quayle Essendon captain facing at least a month out in the run to the finals.

Injuries weaken Bombers

Emma Quayle Injuries weaken Bombers

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Baffler stymies Dogs

Hair-raising: Bulldog Ryan Griffen tries in vain to break Bomber Jake Melksham's tackle.

Emma Quayle Essendon survives its first match without captain Jobe Watson in more than two years.

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Draft picks must be the Holy Grail

Emma-Quayle-sport-dinks

Emma Quayle Essendon will defend itself, James Hird wants to clear his name and there is no indication that the charges laid against the club and its coach, football manager, senior assistant and doctor will be...

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Ryder returns as Hille heads to family in France

David Hille.

Emma Quayle Paddy Ryder's three-match suspension has been served just in time for Essendon.

Judd ready to make it count, says Ratten

Chris Judd.

Emma Quayle Chris Judd will return to the Carlton side on Saturday after a four-match suspension determined to, as coach Brett Ratten put it, "make a splash" against Essendon at the MCG.

After the disaster

Beaten and bowed: Essendon players leave the field after being thrashed by Carlton in round 21.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks at some of the key decisions the Bombers have to make on their list.

Ten to one: Will these games decide the Brownlow Medal winner?

Magpies midfielder Dane Swan.

Emma Quayle Brownlow votes can surprise the best judges, but these definite three-vote performances are no long-shots.

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Watson top Bomber again

Jobe Watson

Emma Quayle Unsurprisingly, Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson won his third Crichton Medal, with 551 votes.

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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Flight turns into fright for Bombers

James Hird

Emma Quayle Essendon's decision to fly to Wangaratta ends in a storm with the match against the Saints abandoned.

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No risk, no reward for Bombers

Essendon coach James Hird.

Emma Quayle Bombers count cost of horror flight as Saints get the points.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

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