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.

Hawks don't fear 'Buddy factor,' Shaun Burgoyne says

Emma Quayle Hawthorn's players understand exactly what Lance Franklin is capable of producing in this week's grand final but will suffer if they concentrate too heavily on their former star forward, says...

AFL grand final 2014: The moments that mattered

Will Langford celebrates miracle goal.

Emma Quayle The moments that mattered in the season decider.

Jarryd Roughead, the player the Hawks love to love

September dreaming: Jarryd Roughead has plenty of finals experience, but still doesn't know what to expect.

Emma Quayle It's not only Hawthorn's players who trust Jarryd Roughead to get them where they want to go. The players eat together at a Japanese restaurant every Monday night, many bring their children, and when...

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

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.

AFL

Knee cyst puts Franklin out

Lance Franklin.

Emma Quayle Lance Franklin's eventful week has continued, with Hawthorn's uncontracted forward to miss Friday night's All-Stars match with a calf injury.

Football

All Stars too strong for the Tigers

Steven Verrier

Emma Quayle THIS was Richmond, but a not-just-yet version. There was no Trent Cotchin, no Brett Deledio, no Ivan Maric, and Jack Riewoldt had flown home with the flu.

AFL

Indigenous talent in focus

Adam Goodes says retention is considered one of the biggest issues by the game's indigenous players.

Emma Quayle Leading indigenous players will push for clubs to appoint indigenous welfare officers.

AFL

Indigenous board calls for changes

Shaun Burgoyne

Emma Quayle Advisory board puts forward ideas that could increase retention of indigenous talent.

AFL

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.

Football

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.

Emma Quayle

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.

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.

Easy does it for Hawthorn

Lance Franklin

Emma Quayle When a struggling team is still searching for its first win seven weeks into a season, the smallest moments seem to take on super significance.