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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Chris Judd under no pressure to play on in 2015, says Mick Malthouse

Chris Judd celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson on Sunday.

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.

Western Bulldogs young gun Marcus Bontempelli's pre-season scare

Marcus Bontempelli

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.

The AFL's rising stars of 2014 answer the big questions

Zac Merrett.

Liam Mannix, Emma Quayle Rising stars discuss their peers, and the next crop of young stars.

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

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.

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Richmond won't panic as it seeks its first win of season

Richmond players return to the rooms after losing to the Suns.

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.

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How Carlton reset its start line after 22 post-season injuries

Chris Judd and Andrew Carrazzo were two of the Carlton players who needed end-of-season surgery.

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...

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.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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Also-rans with lots of time on their side

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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.

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Menzel hoping for a draft knees-up

Troy Menzel.

Emma Quayle Injury is the only doubt over the youngster.

Draft dodgers

Bright future: Troy Menzel dominates when he plays and now just needs to find success in the draft.

Emma Quayle Injuries can put a question mark over even the brightest of draft prospects. Here are some recent examples.

Bulldog to have X-ray on possible broken rib

Koby Stevens (centre) is helped off the field on Saturday after he sustained an injury.

Adam Cooper and Emma Quayle Koby Stevens will have further tests ahead of round-one clash against Brisbane.

Back in blue and ready to grab another shot at the big league

Carlton footballer Jaryd Cachia.

Emma Quayle Jaryd Cachia has been given a second chance, but he worked very hard to return to Carlton.

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Tigers at last over the Blues

Brett Deledio celebrates.

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...

Carlton dogged to end

Carlton v Bulldogs

Emma Quayle Depleted Carlton hangs on to grind out a win over the Western Bulldogs.

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.

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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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Football

Didak returns as Pies near full strength

Alan Didak.

Emma Quayle Alan Didak will play his first senior game of the season for Collingwood on Saturday night.

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Carlton devours stale Pies

Collingwood v Carlton

Emma Quayle If any team has sorely needed just a tiny break of late, it has been Carlton.

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.