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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Hird surprised by Watson, but supportive

James Hird

Emma Quayle Essendon coach James Hird has given his strong backing to skipper Jobe Watson, despite the player publicly admitting he took a banned substance.

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Hird stands behind besieged club doctor

James Hird

Emma Quayle Essendon coach James Hird says he would be surprised if any of his players have lost confidence in the club's medical staff, and that none has expressed concern to him as the investigation into the...

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Players, coach back club doctor

Dr. Bruce Reid.

Emma Quayle Essendon coach James Hird says he would be surprised if any of his players have lost confidence in the club's medical staff.

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AFLPA boss stands by Dons stars

Matt Finnis.

Matt Murnane and Emma Quayle The AFL Players Association has declared its unwavering support of Jobe Watson and the Essendon players during football's drug investigation.

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Stop judging us, demands Bombers chairman

Essendon chairman David Evans.

Emma Quayle Expert pharmacological advice sought by Essendon has convinced the club that AOD-9604 has no performance-enhancing qualities and that it would be having no ongoing effects on its players, if used as...

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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.

Injuries weaken Bombers

Emma Quayle Injuries weaken Bombers

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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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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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Stars show loyalty as Watson, Cotchin re-sign

Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson and runner-up Trent Cotchin have both completed new deals to stay at their clubs.

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Blue rookie wins 11th-hour reprieve

Jaryd Cachia.

Emma Quayle Jaryd Cachia, faced with the prospect of being shunted back on to Carlton's rookie list, has been given a reprieve and will play against Hawthorn on Friday night.