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.

AFL grand final: Hawks planning for only minimal changes to team

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

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

Shaun Burgoyne:

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...

Why the Hawks don't like Mundy or Pav after loss in west

Dominant: David Mundy of the Dockers attempts to break away from  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks.

Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.

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Stronger Schoenmakers offers versatility for Hawks

Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates.

Emma Quayle If you thought Ryan Schoenmakers looked glad to be back, you were right: he hadn't played in a year.

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Jarryd Roughead's Hawks restore their pride against Eagles

Luke Lowden celebrates a goal on debut

Emma Quayle Jarryd Roughead’s dented pride helped propel him to one of his best-ever matches for a more settled and better prepared Hawthorn side on Saturday, with the forward kicking eight goals in the...

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Hawks secure big man Ben McEvoy from St Kilda

St Kilda's Ben McEvoy, left.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle St Kilda boldly traded ruck Ben McEvoy as part of a move that will see it end up with three draft picks inside the top 20 and recruit another mature ruckman such as Darren Jolly.

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Young Hawks will share the load in 2014, Josh Gibson says

Focused: Josh Gibson on the training track in South Africa.

Emma Quayle Josh Gibson expects team to share goal-scoring responsibilities as evenly as it did this year.

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New faces to launch Hawks' premiership defence

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli

Emma Quayle Two rookies are among those being considered to fill the seven vacancies from the team that won the 2013 premiership.

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Hawks head into break happy with their depth

Demon Lynden Dunn is unable to prevent another Hawthorn goal.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn heads into midseason break with ninth win and confidence in depth.

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Hawks may be given short shrift

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Emma Quayle Ladder leader Hawthorn may enter this year's finals series off a shorter break than rest of top eight.

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Tigers use finals plan on Hawks

Jack Riewoldt.

Emma Quayle Never wanting to get too comfortable, Damien Hardwick wants to try new tactics against the Hawks.

Hawks aim to starve Crows attack

Sam Mitchell and Adelaide

Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the best way to combat Adelaide star Taylor Walker in Saturday's AFL preliminary final is to cut off his supply.

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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.

Hawks humble Demons

Ball sense: Hawthorn's Grant Birchall (centre) battles for the ball against Melbourne's Jack Watts.

Emma Quayle Lance Franklin shines as Hawthorn gets the better of Melbourne.

Mojo rising, the Hawks spread wings

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

Emma Quayle The Hawks are starting to soar but coach Alastair Clarkson is remaining wary.

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AFL grand final 2014: The moments that mattered

Will Langford celebrates miracle goal.

Emma Quayle The moments that mattered in the season decider.

Hawk Will Langford enjoys a golden moment on his way to achieving a lifelong goal

Will Langford celebrates with his family in the rooms after the game.

Emma Quayle Chris Langford watches his son play football before he takes in what Hawthorn is doing.

I'm ready for the grand final, says Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli comes up against Footscray defenders during the VFL grand final on Sunday.

Emma Quayle Cyril Rioli wants and feels ready to play for Hawthorn in Saturday's grand final, with the club facing an enormous decision on whether to slot the brilliant forward back into the side after three...

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.

Hawthorn still pushing for top-two finish in 2014

Jarryd Roughead’s return from suspension will strengthen Hawthorn’s attack against Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.