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

After eight years, Daniel Currie plays his first AFL game

Daniel Currie marks in front of Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle Daniel Currie had been an AFL footballer for seven years, without really ever being one.

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Tall orders: where do the ruckmen come from?

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Emma Quayle When Brodie Grundy slipped to pick 18 in the AFL national draft two years ago not many recruiters could believe he had been left waiting that long, even those who had overlooked him.

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Hawks secure big man Ben McEvoy from St Kilda

St Kilda's Ben McEvoy, left.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle St Kilda boldly traded ruck Ben McEvoy as part of a move that will see it end up with three draft picks inside the top 20 and recruit another mature ruckman such as Darren Jolly.

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Shaw sweetener secures Pies swap

Heath Shaw.

Emma Quayle Magpies' willingness to pay part of defender's salary next season crucial in finalising deal.

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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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Ahmed Saad given 18-month suspension

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda was contemplating on Tuesday night whether to keep Ahmed Saad on its rookie list next year, with the small forward handed an 18-month ban for taking a banned substance last season.

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Ahmed Saad's 18-month ban places his AFL career in jeopardy

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda declining to redraft the forward as a rookie as he prepares to spend 18 months on the sidelines for taking a banned stimulant.

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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.

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.

AFL

Krakouer of a fightback

On the move: Luke Ball beats a band of Collingwood and Geelong players to the ball at the MCG on Saturday night.

Emma Quayle Collingwood shows that the spark remains as it ends Geelong's unbeaten run.

AFL

Milne taunt investigated

Stephen Milne.

Emma Quayle A homophobic taunt is believed to be at the centre of the AFL's investigation into St Kilda forward Stephen Milne.

Football

Milne fined for crude call

Hot water: St Kilda's Stephen Milne with Harry O'Brien.

Emma Quayle Stephen Milne is fined $3000 by St Kilda after an AFL investigation concludes he made homophobic comments on-field for the second time in his career.

Pies have the answers

Shane Mumford of the Swans competes with Darren Jolly of the Magpies during their round 20 match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Emma Quayle, Sydney Collingwood never loses to Sydney. Or at least it hadn't, in a really long time.

Giants stand up but Pies make mark

Dylan Addison of the Bulldogs marks over Darren Jolly of the Magpies during the NAB Cup AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Emma Quayle NAB Cup round 1: The Collingwood Magpies and the Western Sydney Giants.

Pies look prepared

Nathan Buckley, coach of the Magpies looks on during the NAB Cup AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Emma Quayle NAB Cup round 1: The Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs.

Young Bomber ruck earning his wings

Test of strength: Tom Bellchambers (left) comes to grips with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Emma Quayle Tom Bellchambers' stop-start career has been like that endured by many young ruckmen.

Magpies to cover loss

Collingwood defender Simon Buckley.

Emma Quayle Simon Buckley would be an ideal replacement for Ben Johnson, according to Tyson Goldsack.

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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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