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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North Melbourne ruckman Daniel Currie's seven-year itch

Emma Quayle Todd Goldstein's shoulder is bruised, not broken. It is good news for North Melbourne, and that will make Daniel Currie happy.

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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

Paul chapman

Emma Quayle  A team-by-team look at the fresh talent who may have an influence on your club's results this year.

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New faces to launch Hawks' premiership defence

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Two rookies are among those being considered to fill the seven vacancies from the team that won the 2013 premiership.

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The Suns could equal a record by fielding seven indigenous players

Harley Bennell.

Emma Quayle If the Suns' indigenous stars align, the club will start sharing its first small piece of AFL history.

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Lamb chops Sydney, joins Giants as Pies snare White

Jed Lamb.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Talented young Sydney forward quits the club for cross-town rival Greater Western Sydney.

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How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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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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Young Hawks will share the load in 2014, Josh Gibson says

Focused: Josh Gibson on the training track in South Africa.

Emma Quayle Josh Gibson expects team to share goal-scoring responsibilities as evenly as it did this year.

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If Boyd is really up for grabs, who will buy?

Top of the class: marking forward Tom Boyd is sidelined by injury today but is a contender for the No. 1 pick in the AFL draft.

Emma Quayle Is there a club willing to pay the price to prise loose the top pick in the AFL draft?

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Roughead makes his own luck

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Jarryd Roughead and Lance Franklin were separated by just a few seconds on draft day in 2004.

Magpie's rookie mistake

The mature-age recruit: As far as first-year AFL players go, Sam Dwyer, at 26, is an old man.

Emma Quayle After playing in the VFL for eight years, Sam Dwyer wasn't going to let injury keep him out of AFL games - until he got caught out.

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Tigers use finals plan on Hawks

Jack Riewoldt.

Emma Quayle Never wanting to get too comfortable, Damien Hardwick wants to try new tactics against the Hawks.

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AFL queries big deal

Lance Franklin.

Emma Quayle The scrutiny of Lance Franklin's impending decision to play for Sydney will intensify on Thursday, with key Swans figures to be interviewed by AFL investigators.

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Lions weigh up trade for Dogs' Grant

Jarrad Grant.

Emma Quayle Brisbane exploring trade that could see Jarrad Grant continue his career in Queensland.

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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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Dockers keeping Gumbleton waiting

Scott Gumbleton.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Fremantle works through Essendon forward's medical assessment.

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Giants muscle into battle to bag Vince

Adelaide's Bernie Vince.

Emma Quayle Bernie Vince has four-year offer from Melbourne to consider and late interest from GWS.

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Shaw-Adams deal should be straight swap

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Emma Quayle The Heath Shaw-Taylor Adams trade has straight swap written all over it. Or, it should have.

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Dee whiz, how low can they go

On the prowl: Gary Ablett gives Nathan Jones the slip.

Emma Quayle There has been a 'just when you thought it couldn't get any worse' feel to Melbourne's season ever since it started two months ago.

Rioli: forward or midfielder? Don't blink, or you'll miss him

Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli is running himself into a new role, writes Emma Quayle.