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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'Lame' response on game

Neil Balme

Emma Quayle and Rohan Connolly The timing of the AFL's ''captain's pick'' game would prompt Heath Shaw to ''kindly decline'' any offer to play in it.

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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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Old Dog with a new trick

Emma Quayle dinkus

Emma Quayle Brian Lake never dreamed of having the fairytale end of season that has come to be.

Key questions in the draft

No.2: Josh Kelly is likely to be the second name called.

Emma Quayle The draft combine provides recruiters with plenty to weigh up in the weeks ahead.

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.

Dons pair fall to soft-tissue injuries

Stewart Crameri

Emma Quayle Essendon appears set to lose two more players to soft-tissue problems, with forward Stewart Crameri and onballer David Myers doubtful to play against Hawthorn tomorrow night.

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.

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Buddy close

Oh yeah: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal during Hawthorn's win over Adelaide at the MCG.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will next week play Sydney for its first premiership since 2008, after overcoming an inaccurate start and a nervous finish to beat Adelaide by five points.

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Hawks and Swans: master tradesmen

Lance Franklin collides with Lewis Roberts Thomson.

Emma Quayle It takes time to piece together a premiership side. It takes even more to keep it at the top.

Hodge to have 'stablisation' surgery on injured knee

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge

Emma Quayle Hawthorn captain will this week undergo surgery on the knee he injured early in the year.

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Dal Santo still bound to the Saints

Nick Dal Santo

Emma Quayle Nick Dal Santo committed to playing for St Kilda next season and all but certain to do so.

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Sylvia free to leave Melbourne

Colin Sylvia

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Colin Sylvia could leave, with Melbourne losing the right to match any rival bid.

Key injuries adding to Saints' woes

Emma Quayle St Kilda's 35-point loss to Hawthorn compounded by two significant injuries.

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Didak returns as Pies near full strength

Alan Didak.

Emma Quayle Alan Didak will play his first senior game of the season for Collingwood on Saturday night.

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Mojo rising, the Hawks spread wings

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

Emma Quayle The Hawks are starting to soar but coach Alastair Clarkson is remaining wary.

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Waite back, but Blues likely to lose Laidler

Jarrad Waite

Emma Quayle Carlton closer to regaining its most important missing piece in weeks.

Fit Roos hope to get hop on opposition

North Melbourne players take part in a practice match last week.

Emma Quayle Kangaroos name first-round NAB Cup squad well placed to attack pre-season games.