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

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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Why Travis Colyer is starting to kick on for Essendon

Man on a mission: Travis Colyer.

Emma Quayle Travis Colyer was a 22-year-old who had played 34 games in four years when he signed a new contract with Essendon late last 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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Collingwood to look for grit and endeavour in final six rounds

Come here: Bomber Mark Baguley takes a stand against Pie Steele Sidebottom.

Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley will challenge his players to respond with “grit and endeavour” to the 64-point loss to Essendon on Sunday that he considered a dismantling, and the...

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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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ASADA's delay in taking AOD-9604 off the table disappoints players

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Emma Quayle The AFL Players Association is disappointed it took so long for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to publicly clarify its position on AOD-9604 given the scrutiny Essendon players were under...

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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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Hird asks team to get back to basics

James Hird

Emma Quayle Essendon coach says team not affected by events off the field in past week.

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Lights, cameras but Bombers out of action

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Emma Quayle The Essendon players have performed under new sorts of pressure this year.

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Waiting game as Essendon tiptoes around bombshells

Emma Quayle Tom Bellchambers wants to stay at Essendon and probably will. Stewart Crameri, Cale Hooker, Scott Gumbleton, Tayte Pears, Jason Winderlich and Jake Melksham want to be there next year too.

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Buyers beware?

Stewart Crameri

Emma Quayle Why the Essendon drugs probe could make the trade period more complicated.

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Essendon to 'vigorously defend' AFL charges

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Club concedes it made mistakes in implementing its controversial injecting program.

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Watson says players feel vindicated

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Captain's statement comes after league says no-one charged with taking prohibited substances.

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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...

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Draft blow as picks gone with the wind

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

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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.

Tigers romp, Dons out of luck

Tigers hold Dons at bay.

Emma Quayle Richmond turns patchy start into a substantial lead, then a comfortable win, despite not putting the woeful Bombers away.

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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The coach who unlocked Jobe's future

Jobe Watson

Emma Quayle Ray Giles can remember Jobe Watson walking into his St Kilda gym at the end of 2005.