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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Essendon hoping to add experience and height against Bulldogs

Set to return: Brendon Goddard.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to strengthen both its midfield and forward line for this week's match against the Bulldogs, with Brendon Goddard and Heath Hocking leading the likely inclusions.

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Fresh, sharper Essendon Bombers to take on North Melbourne in round one

Essendon.

Emma Quayle Essendon will ask talented young forward Joe Daniher to support Paddy Ryder in the ruck when the team's season starts on Friday, with coach Mark Thompson expecting his side to look sharp and fresh...

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Essendon and Carlton to wait and see on Patrick Ryder and Matthew Kreuzer

Paddy Ryder

Emma Quayle Essendon is optimistic that Paddy Ryder will recover from a badly rolled ankle in time for Sunday night's game against Carlton, but the club may yet try to squeeze rookie-listed ruckman Jackson...

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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.

AFL

Draft blow as picks gone with the wind

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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.

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Ahmed Saad's 18-month ban places his AFL career in jeopardy

Ahmed Saad.

Emma Quayle St Kilda declining to redraft the forward as a rookie as he prepares to spend 18 months on the sidelines for taking a banned stimulant.

There's still life in the Cats

Geelong soars.

Emma Quayle The Geelong of old resurfaces, setting up a crucial win over Essendon with a brilliant opening 15 minutes.

After the disaster

Beaten and bowed: Essendon players leave the field after being thrashed by Carlton in round 21.

Emma Quayle Emma Quayle looks at some of the key decisions the Bombers have to make on their list.

AFL

Hille stays a Bomber

David Hille.

Emma Quayle Essendon ruckman David Hille has signed a one-year contract extension.

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.

Hibberd takes on a proud number

Good fit: Michael Hibberd in No.1.

Emma Quayle Michael Hibberd met Merv Neagle at an Essendon function at the start of this year.

Football

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.

Bellchambers works his way up to speed

Tom Bellchambers at the club's new high performance centre.

Emma Quayle Injury meant ruckman spent six weeks of his eight-week break in a moon boot.

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Ryder returns as Hille heads to family in France

David Hille.

Emma Quayle Paddy Ryder's three-match suspension has been served just in time for Essendon.

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.

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Dons plan for trio

Dustin Fletcher and David Hille.

Emma Quayle Essesndon will continue trying to work David Hille, Paddy Ryder and Tom Bellchambers into the same side this season, with Hille's preseason so improved that the 30-year-old has been told not to...

Young Bomber ruck earning his wings

Test of strength: Tom Bellchambers (left) comes to grips with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Emma Quayle Tom Bellchambers' stop-start career has been like that endured by many young ruckmen.