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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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Emma Quayle The season could be over for Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli after his latest hamstring injury.

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Jarryd Roughead's Hawks restore their pride against Eagles

Luke Lowden celebrates a goal on debut

Emma Quayle Jarryd Roughead’s dented pride helped propel him to one of his best-ever matches for a more settled and better prepared Hawthorn side on Saturday, with the forward kicking eight goals in the...

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Jarryd Roughead kicks eight as Hawthorn overwhelms West Coast

Jarryd Roughead (second from right) flies for a mark.

Emma Quayle The storyline leading in was about who Hawthorn didn’t have, and what West Coast hasn’t been able to do.

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The Suns could equal a record by fielding seven indigenous players

Harley Bennell.

Emma Quayle If the Suns' indigenous stars align, the club will start sharing its first small piece of AFL history.

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New faces to launch Hawks' premiership defence

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Two rookies are among those being considered to fill the seven vacancies from the team that won the 2013 premiership.

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Club-by-club guide to the 2013 AFL draft

Getting ready for the AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Draft expert Emma Quayle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of every AFL club.

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Hawks and Swans: master tradesmen

Lance Franklin collides with Lewis Roberts Thomson.

Emma Quayle It takes time to piece together a premiership side. It takes even more to keep it at the top.

A bit of teen angst in career choices

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Emma Quayle The first announcement didn't make too big a splash, in Melbourne at least.

Emma Quayle's club-by-club guide to the 2012 national draft

Trade and draft news.

Emma Quayle All that you need to know about the clubs and the players up for grabs in the draft.

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Knee cyst puts Franklin out

Lance Franklin.

Emma Quayle Lance Franklin's eventful week has continued, with Hawthorn's uncontracted forward to miss Friday night's All-Stars match with a calf injury.

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Turning their fields of dreams into reality

Trent Cotchin and Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle There was a party at Trent Cotchin's place on the day he was drafted, six years ago.

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Flag and I'm done: Cotchin

Trent Cotchin.

Emma Quayle A Richmond premiership in the next few years would prompt Trent Cotchin to consider retirement, even if only in his mid-20s.

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Hawks head into break happy with their depth

Demon Lynden Dunn is unable to prevent another Hawthorn goal.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn heads into midseason break with ninth win and confidence in depth.

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End game for Neeld?

It was another grim day at the office on Sunday for Melbourne coach Mark Neeld as the Demons lost by 95 points.

Emma Quayle Mark Neeld will meet the Melbourne board on Monday convinced of his and the club's ''clear vision'' for the future of the team.

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Roughead makes his own luck

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Jarryd Roughead and Lance Franklin were separated by just a few seconds on draft day in 2004.

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Magpies lose O'Brien, Carlton recalls Murphy for blockbuster

Harry O'Brien.

Emma Quayle Harry O'Brien will miss Friday night's blockbuster against Carlton with an ankle injury.

Rioli quick to sign for three more

Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle EXCLUSIVE His club feels like his home. It is where he will be until the end of 2017, at least.

Rioli: forward or midfielder? Don't blink, or you'll miss him

Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli is running himself into a new role, writes Emma Quayle.

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Buddy close

Oh yeah: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal during Hawthorn's win over Adelaide at the MCG.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will next week play Sydney for its first premiership since 2008, after overcoming an inaccurate start and a nervous finish to beat Adelaide by five points.

Fit Roos hope to get hop on opposition

North Melbourne players take part in a practice match last week.

Emma Quayle Kangaroos name first-round NAB Cup squad well placed to attack pre-season games.