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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Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

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Jobe Watson to learn more about his chances for a comeback this week

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle An appointment with his surgeon this week will tell Jobe Watson more about whether or when he will return to the Essendon line-up this year.

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Essendon smashes Collingwood to move back inside the top eight

Zach Merrett celebrates a goal.

Emma Quayle Last time, Essendon kicked five goals to none in the first quarter. Last time, Collingwood had levelled the scores by half-time.

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Draft blow as picks gone with the wind

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Emma Quayle Shaking off the pain of lost draft picks is something Essendon has done before.

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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.

After the disaster

Beaten and bowed: Essendon players leave the field after being thrashed by Carlton in round 21.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks at some of the key decisions the Bombers have to make on their list.

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.

Football

Watson top Bomber again

Jobe Watson

Emma Quayle Unsurprisingly, Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson won his third Crichton Medal, with 551 votes.

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.

Football

Fresh quad muscle strain for Zaharakis

David Zaharakis

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis could miss next month's NAB Cup with a quad strain.

Scandal a 'wake-up call' for players

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Emma Quayle Scott Lucas says probe should make players more conscious of what they put into their bodies.

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Watson to kick off season

Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Jobe Watson will make his first appearance of the pre-season in Essendon's match against Richmond at Wangaratta on Saturday, provided his right knee stands up on the training track.

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Bombers weigh up options for Zaharakis

David Zaharakis.

Emma Quayle Essendon will decide in the next few days whether to continue David Zaharakis' return in the VFL this weekend.

Jobe down, Bombers up

Justin Westhoff of the Power bumps Bombers' skipper Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Essendon recovers from early loss of skipper Jobe Watson to score five-goal win over Port.

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Brownlow threat for Watson

Jobe Watson

Emma Quayle Essendon captain facing at least a month out in the run to the finals.

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Baffler stymies Dogs

Hair-raising: Bulldog Ryan Griffen tries in vain to break Bomber Jake Melksham's tackle.

Emma Quayle Essendon survives its first match without captain Jobe Watson in more than two years.

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Test forms may have raised issue

Drugs in AFL

Emma Quayle Supplements used by Essendon players may have come to the attention of ASADA before this year's investigation was launched.

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Draft picks must be the Holy Grail

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Emma Quayle Essendon will defend itself, James Hird wants to clear his name and there is no indication that the charges laid against the club and its coach, football manager, senior assistant and doctor will be...

Bombers losing grip on finals

Flying Hawk: Cyril Rioli leaps over Courtenay Dempsey last night.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

Emma Quayle Bombers notch their first win of an almost invisible pre-season.