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 Carlton coach Mick Malthouse does not plan to even ask Chris Judd whether his recaptured fitness and form will see him play on for a 14th season in 2015.
Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.
Emma Quayle Richmond's disappointment at its opening round loss is unlikely to spark any panic at the selection table before Thursday night's match against Carlton.
Emma Quayle Slow starts are not always cancelled out by fast finishes, even for the very best teams. Hawthorn had barely finished celebrating the 2008 premiership when it sent three-quarters of the team off for...
Emma Quayle Brownlow votes can surprise the best judges, but these definite three-vote performances are no long-shots.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
Emma Quayle Sometimes it takes a while for public perception to line up with media perception and what the umpires see from ground level, and so it proved for the new kids on the Brownlow block.
Emma Quayle Injury is the only doubt over the youngster.
Emma Quayle Injuries can put a question mark over even the brightest of draft prospects. Here are some recent examples.
Adam Cooper and Emma Quayle Koby Stevens will have further tests ahead of round-one clash against Brisbane.
Emma Quayle Jaryd Cachia has been given a second chance, but he worked very hard to return to Carlton.
Emma Quayle Mitch Robinson became the first player to test the AFL's new concussion procedures, as Richmond reversed its poor recent starts against the Blues, survived a late Carlton challenge and opened their...
Emma Quayle Depleted Carlton hangs on to grind out a win over the Western Bulldogs.
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 Alan Didak will play his first senior game of the season for Collingwood on Saturday night.
Emma Quayle If any team has sorely needed just a tiny break of late, it has been Carlton.
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.