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.

Bombers drop Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Port Adelaide

Emma Quayle Essendon has dropped 22-year veteran Dustin Fletcher for Saturday night’s game against Port Adelaide, but left the door open for his late inclusion.

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Dustin Fletcher puts up shoes on family feat

Dustin Fletcher.

Emma Quayle The evergreen Essendon champ would love to play with his sons, but admits it's unlikely. For once, age is against him.

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.

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

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

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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Essendon chief Paul Little hits out at anti-doping agency boss John Fahey

James Hird.

Emma Quayle Essendon chairman hits out at "unfounded and unsettling allegations" that charges were imminent.

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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.

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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Ryder returns as Hille heads to family in France

David Hille.

Emma Quayle Paddy Ryder's three-match suspension has been served just in time for Essendon.

Lake looks longer term

Brian Lake.

Emma Quayle Brian Lake joined Hawthorn hoping to make it through two seasons before playing his last game.

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Surgeon to decide on skipper's return

Jobe Watson during a training session on Monday.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to take a bolstered side into game against Collingwood regardless.

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Old man Roo to bounce into 2014

Brent Harvey.

Emma Quayle Kangaroos and former captain close to finalising a one-year contract extension.

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.

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.

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Watson top Bomber again

Jobe Watson

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

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No risk, no reward for Bombers

Essendon coach James Hird.

Emma Quayle Bombers count cost of horror flight as Saints get the points.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

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

Jake's jolt

Jake Carlisle before an Essendon training session this week.

Emma Quayle A young Bomber is growing up quickly, on and off the field, after the shock of a family crisis.