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.

Top AFL draft prospect Christian Petracca proves his midfield credentials

Emma Quayle You might already know Christian Petracca. If you like football, like coffee and like to grab one inside the MCG then there's a very good chance you might have come across him.

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.

AFL grand final 2014: The moments that mattered

Will Langford celebrates miracle goal.

Emma Quayle The moments that mattered in the season decider.

Hawk Will Langford enjoys a golden moment on his way to achieving a lifelong goal

Will Langford celebrates with his family in the rooms after the game.

Emma Quayle Chris Langford watches his son play football before he takes in what Hawthorn is doing.

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.

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

Shaun Burgoyne:

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...

After four years of hard work, patience and bowling teammates over at training, Will Langford looks worth the wait for Hawthorn

Making his mark: Will Langford in round 22 against Geelong.

Emma Quayle When Will Langford was 16, he knocked back a football scholarship to live in France for three months as an exchange student.

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...

The softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Powering through: Ollie Wines leaves a flock of Hawks in his wake as Port Adelaide downs Hawthorn by 14 points in round 10.

Emma Quayle When Ollie Wines flew home from the draft two years ago and started packing for Port Adelaide, he looked so white and worried that his mother told him he didn't have to go.

Simon Goodwin to coach Demons, despite late call from Crows

Simon Goodwin has joined the Demons.

Emma Quayle A phone call from his good friend Mark Ricciuto on Wednesday night could not sway Simon Goodwin from his commitment to take over as Melbourne coach in 2017, after two years fleshing out his...

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.

Adelaide Crows sack coach Brenton Sanderson

Brenton Sanderson

Emma Quayle Adelaide has sacked coach Brenton Sanderson, less than 12 months after extending his contract for two seasons.

Sydney's Gary Rohan gets moving again

Rohan broke his leg against North Melbourne in 2012.

Emma Quayle It was supposed to be better. It wasn't still supposed to be sore. The end of Gary Rohan's season was meant to be the end of his broken leg and the start of whatever happened next, but when he went...

Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease to seek new home

Emma Quayle Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease will seek a new home during this year's trade period after being told he would not be offered a contract for next season.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

North Melbourne defender Nathan Grima wary of more than just Franklin and Tippett

Lindsay Thomas, Nathan Grima, Todd Goldstein and Aaron Black sing the club song in the rooms after their win on Friday night.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

Ben Brown's baby steps to a very big stage

Thinking big: Saturday night's hero, Kangaroo Ben Brown, watches the Werribee-Williamstown VFL match on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Ben Brown wanted to know one thing - would he get a game? - and Scott West wasn't sure what to tell him. He had two ruckmen already at Werribee, and a handful of marking forwards to play.

Mitch Clark keen to resume AFL career

Mitch Clark told Channel Seven he had needed time off but now felt enthusiastic about playing again.

Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane Mitch Clark✓ says he would ''love'' to return to Melbourne and continue his AFL career, yet it remains uncertain whether the retired key forward will end up at the Demons, and if not, how he...