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 draft combine harvester: medium midfielders

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at the medium midfielders.

AFL draft combine harvester: small forwards, defenders and midfielders

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle's guide to the 100-plus players invited to the AFL Draft Combine 2014. The draft expert looks at small forwards/defenders/midfielders.

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...

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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Injured: Cyril Rioli.

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

AFL grand final 2014: The moments that mattered

Will Langford celebrates miracle goal.

Emma Quayle The moments that mattered in the season decider.

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...

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...

Hawthorn still pushing for top-two finish in 2014

Jarryd Roughead’s return from suspension will strengthen Hawthorn’s attack against Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.

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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.

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.