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

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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Bombers under investigation for 'trialling' players

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Emma Quayle The AFL is investigating whether Essendon trialled players ahead of this week’s rookie draft before lodging the appropriate paperwork, after warning clubs against conducting unapproved testing of...

Essendon Bombers say it's right for Robinson to bare brunt of punishment for scandal

Dean Robinson.

Emma Quayle Essendon have defended their contrasting treatment of Dean Robinson and James Hird, declaring responsibility for the club's supplements program lay chiefly with high performance boss Robinson rather...

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Weapon to blame: Bombers

Dean Robinson, aka 'The Weapon'

Emma Quayle Essendon has defended its contrasting treatment of Dean Robinson and James Hird, declaring responsibility for the club's supplements program lay chiefly with high performance boss Robinson rather...

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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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Lights, cameras but Bombers out of action

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Emma Quayle The Essendon players have performed under new sorts of pressure this year.

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Bombers and Saints keen to entice Longer

Billy Longer

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon and St Kilda have both met uncommitted and out-of-contract Brisbane ruckman in an attempt to persuade him to return to Melbourne.

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Bombers finals' could hinge on court

James Hird

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle A leading sports lawyer says Essendon could mount a case for an injunction to play in the finals should the club be stripped of premiership points in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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Stop judging us, demands Bombers chairman

Essendon chairman David Evans.

Emma Quayle Expert pharmacological advice sought by Essendon has convinced the club that AOD-9604 has no performance-enhancing qualities and that it would be having no ongoing effects on its players, if used as...

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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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Bombers may face finals fight

Essendon takes the field against Hawthorn in round 18. Will the Bombers be there in September?

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon could mount case for injunction to play in finals should it be stripped of premiership points, lawyer says.

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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Blues and Bombers in fight to avoid exit

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Emma Quayle As Blues coach Brett Ratten put it yesterday, both teams are approaching a T-intersection.

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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.

Bombers to honour Lloyd and Lucas

Back in familiar territory: Former Essendon spearheads Scott Lucas and Matthew Lloyd at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Emma Quayle Essendon will start its season by glancing to a less-complicated past.

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Bombers weigh up options for Zaharakis

David Zaharakis.

Emma Quayle Essendon will decide in the next few days whether to continue David Zaharakis' return in the VFL this weekend.

Bombers axe three

Tom Bellchambers

Emma Quayle As Fremantle was forced to replace four players for tomorrow night's clash with Essendon, the Bombers reacted to their two-game losing run by dropping three.

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Flight turns into fright for Bombers

James Hird

Emma Quayle Essendon's decision to fly to Wangaratta ends in a storm with the match against the Saints abandoned.

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No risk, no reward for Bombers

Essendon coach James Hird.

Emma Quayle Bombers count cost of horror flight as Saints get the points.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

Emma Quayle Bombers notch their first win of an almost invisible pre-season.