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.
Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is in hospital after being diagnosed with an auto-immune condition after being taken to hospital on Monday night suffering back pain.
Emma Quayle Sydney wins its ninth game in a row, but loses midfield warrior Jude Bolton to a potentially serious knee injury.
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.
Emma Quayle As Blues coach Brett Ratten put it yesterday, both teams are approaching a T-intersection.
Emma Quayle The converted Blues forward will line up for goal if he has to, but gets more joy out of helping a teammate score.
Emma Quayle Luke Mitchell will play his first game for Carlton in final-round match against St Kilda.
Emma Quayle Brett Ratten lost his job because his players blew their chance at making the finals.
Emma Quayle Brownlow votes can surprise the best judges, but these definite three-vote performances are no long-shots.
Emma Quayle At one stage, Norm Smith medallist Ryan O'Keefe had considered leaving the Swans. He's glad he didn't.
Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle and Chloe Saltau Gary Ablett remains optimistic of a return to Gold Coast's line-up next weekend.
Emma Quayle It is now eight weeks since veteran Bret Thornton last pulled on a Carlton jumper.
Emma Quayle North Melbourne barges past Carlton in fierce, five-team race for a top-eight spot.