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.

Eagles look to future

Eagles coach John Worsfold

Emma Quayle Improve, find some speed, and finish in the top four. That was West Coast coach John Worsfold's initial recipe for a more successful finish to the 2013 season, after the Eagles fell to Collingwood in...

Wellingham chooses Eagles

Sharrod Wellingham with Eagle Matt Priddis

Emma Quayle Sharrod Wellingham's declaration on the West Coast website that he wished to join the Eagles came as news to Collingwood, which had not been told of the midfielder's decision to leave.

Wellingham wants to soar with Eagles

Emma Quayle Player's declaration on West Coast website comes as a surprise to his current club.

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Clubs react cautiously to new interchange cap as season gets under way

Paul Roos says teams have seemed better physically prepared to start the season than they had been in years past.

Emma Quayle Just five of the winning round one teams notched more interchange rotations than their opposition, as coaches continued adapting cautiously to the new 120 cap in the second weekend of matches.

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Jack Watts to remain a midfielder as Melbourne looks for new goalkickers

Jack Watts had 27 possessions against St KIlda and looked comfortable and confident.

Emma Quayle Melbourne's diminished group of marking forwards will see Jack Watts spend more time in the front half against West Coast this week.

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Watts to line up for Melbourne in Sunday's game against West Coast

Jack Watts.

Emma Quayle Melbourne's injury woes have not stretched to Jack Watts, with the midfielder-in-the-making named to play in Sunday's match against West Coast.

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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

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Emma Quayle  A team-by-team look at the fresh talent who may have an influence on your club's results this year.

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Lamb chops Sydney, joins Giants as Pies snare White

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Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Talented young Sydney forward quits the club for cross-town rival Greater Western Sydney.

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Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

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Jared Polec to Port Adelaide in complicated three-way trade

Jared Polec

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Jared Polec will play for Port Adelaide next year, with the Power, Brisbane and Greater Western Sydney finalising a complicated three-way swap of draft picks.

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How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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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.

The lads most likely

AFL under 18, championship. South Australia v Country Victoria, VIC Tayor Garner,SA Matt Scharenberg, Matthew Wallis 4th of July 2012 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Emma Quayle The media's leading recruitment expert selects the best 25 youngsters in the AFL draft.

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AFL draft 2013: Emma Quayle's first round prediction

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Emma Quayle Our resident expert on the AFL draft, Emma Quayle, predicts how the opening round may pan out.

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McCartney talks up youngsters

Good day at the office: Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Emma Quayle Lesser-known members of side starting to realise what they have to offer.

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A sign of good times

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Emma Quayle Western Bulldogs get a tangible reward for improvement with an impressive win.

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Hird asks team to get back to basics

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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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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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Demons spread the net as coach search continues

Emma Quayle Assistant coaches Scott Burns and Adam Simpson in line for possible roles.