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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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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Coaching the key to avoiding head-high hits, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Emma Quayle Coaching players to attack low, disputed balls in the correct way will do more to protect them against head-high hits than creating legislation that took “footballers away from playing...

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What Jake Carlisle learnt over coffee with Wayne Carey

Leading from the back: Jake Carlisle was at his best in defence in Essendon’s big win.

Emma Quayle Jake Carlisle's determination to master his new role in the Essendon side led him to approach one of the game's greatest centre half-forwards for advice on how to better play the position.

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Why this year's AFL draft looks the most even in years

Draft prospect Jake Lever ruptured his ACL at the end of last year.

Emma Quayle This time last year Tom Boyd was the number one draft pick in waiting. Lachie Whitfield was annointed 18 months out, Jon Patton was leading the way two or three weeks into his draft season and David...

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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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Bombers crash as Pies soar

Battle of strength: Harry O'Brien tries to break free from Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle Essendon relinquishes its place in the top four with a month left in the season.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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Bombers keep status quo

Essendon versus Western Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson The Bombers didn't appear to have implemented any major positional shifts.

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Tigers earn stripes in final stages

Tiger tough: Shaun Grigg (above) of Richmond handballs against Essendon in Wangaratta.

Emma Quayle, Wangaratta What a difference a year makes. This time last year the Wangaratta Showgrounds were underwater.

Tiger Astbury cools his heels a little longer

Setback: Defender David Astbury will miss the rest of Richmond's pre-season with a foot injury.

Emma Quayle David Astbury's comeback from a knee injury has been halted by a foot injury.

Back on track

Matthew Leuenberger.

Emma Quayle Grappling with doubt is a big challenge for injured players.

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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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.

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.