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.

AFL

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson in hospital

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.

AFL

Fears for Bolton as Sydney extends run

Jude Bolton.

Emma Quayle Sydney wins its ninth game in a row, but loses midfield warrior Jude Bolton to a potentially serious knee injury.

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.

AFL

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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Armfield gives it his best shot

Thinking man: Dennis Armfield is trying to keep things simple and help himself and his team.

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.

Blues rookies debut

Luke Mitchell.

Emma Quayle Luke Mitchell will play his first game for Carlton in final-round match against St Kilda.

Players blew it: Scotland

Heath Scotland.

Emma Quayle Brett Ratten lost his job because his players blew their chance at making the finals.

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.

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.

Tweet hits the fan

Out injured: Gold Coast's Gary Ablett (centre) at the match against North Melbourne last night.

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle and Chloe Saltau Gary Ablett remains optimistic of a return to Gold Coast's line-up next weekend.

Football

Thornton career at the crossroads

Bret Thornton

Emma Quayle It is now eight weeks since veteran Bret Thornton last pulled on a Carlton jumper.

Roos soar, Blues sink

In arm's way: Chris Judd and North's Leigh Adams after the game.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne barges past Carlton in fierce, five-team race for a top-eight spot.