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.

Simon Goodwin to coach Demons, despite late call from Crows

Simon Goodwin has joined the Demons.

Emma Quayle A phone call from his good friend Mark Ricciuto on Wednesday night could not sway Simon Goodwin from his commitment to take over as Melbourne coach in 2017, after two years fleshing out his...

The softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Emma Quayle When Ollie Wines flew home from the draft two years ago and started packing for Port Adelaide, he looked so white and worried that his mother told him he didn't have to go.

Adelaide Crows sack coach Brenton Sanderson

Brenton Sanderson

Emma Quayle Adelaide has sacked coach Brenton Sanderson, less than 12 months after extending his contract for two seasons.

Sydney's Gary Rohan gets moving again

Rohan broke his leg against North Melbourne in 2012.

Emma Quayle It was supposed to be better. It wasn't still supposed to be sore. The end of Gary Rohan's season was meant to be the end of his broken leg and the start of whatever happened next, but when he went...

Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease to seek new home

Emma Quayle Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease will seek a new home during this year's trade period after being told he would not be offered a contract for next season.

The Darcy Moore dilemma for Collingwood

Darcy Moore takes a hanger. Source: Twitter

Emma Quayle If Collingwood was playing this weekend, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

North Melbourne defender Nathan Grima wary of more than just Franklin and Tippett

Lindsay Thomas, Nathan Grima, Todd Goldstein and Aaron Black sing the club song in the rooms after their win on Friday night.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

Sydney's Alex Johnson faces fourth reconstruction

Alex Johnson had surgery this week to deal with an infection that has troubled him since 2013.

Emma Quayle Sydney defender Alex Johnson is facing yet another huge challenge to resume his promising AFL career, with a fourth knee reconstruction looming. 

Sore Cat Steve Johnson under close injury watch again

Steve Johnson was in the wars, also suffering a cut head.

Emma Quayle Steve Johnson will spend the next week trying to convince Geelong's medical and coaching teams that he can get his injured foot through at least one more final.

Finals preview: Geelong vs North Melbourne

Cat Tom Hawkins is held by Giant Phil Davis on Saturday.

Emma Quayle It's tempting to tip the settled and mostly healthy Roos over the Cats.

Western Bulldogs young gun Marcus Bontempelli's pre-season scare

Marcus Bontempelli

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.

Talks with Ryder and Thompson high on agenda

Mark Thompson made a plea to Paddy Ryder to stay at the club next year

Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane The future of Paddy Ryder could start becoming clearer in the next few days.

Melbourne to nominate Billy Stretch as father-son draftee

Melbourne has been impressed enough with what it has seen of Billy Stretch this season to put his name forward.

Emma Quayle Billy Stretch has become this year's third official father-son candidate, with Melbourne deciding to nominate the young wingman ahead of next month's bidding meeting.

Mitch Clark keen to resume AFL career

Mitch Clark told Channel Seven he had needed time off but now felt enthusiastic about playing again.

Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane Mitch Clark✓ says he would ''love'' to return to Melbourne and continue his AFL career, yet it remains uncertain whether the retired key forward will end up at the Demons, and if not, how he...

No change to father-son bidding system for 2014

Darcy Moore may get to Collingwood for a bargain price.

Emma Quayle Sydney will be able to draft highly rated midfielder Isaac Heeney with a late first-round pick, with the AFL not ready to introduce its revamped bidding system.

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Scott Gumbleton retires after playing 35 of a possible 183 AFL games

Scott Gumbleton during a Fremantle training session earlier this year.

Emma Quayle The talent of Fremantle forward Scott Gumbleton will remain mostly unfulfilled, with the forward retiring after eight years of battling injury.

Pies, Lions to nominate Moore and Clayton as father-son selections

Darcy Moore (left) in action for Vic Metro against Vic Country in May.

Emma Quayle The first pieces of the father-son puzzle have begun to slot into place, with Darcy Moore and Josh Clayton to be nominated by Collingwood and Brisbane.

Is this year's Rising Star crop the most even ever?

No one at the Brisbane Lions thinks Lewis Taylor's season has as been bettered.

Emma Quayle There are few more subjective awards than the Rising Star, perhaps none that are based basically on which player which judge has liked best.

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