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.

Bombers drop Dustin Fletcher for this week's clash with Port Adelaide

Emma Quayle Essendon has dropped 22-year veteran Dustin Fletcher for Saturday night’s game against Port Adelaide, but left the door open for his late inclusion.

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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.

Ex-Bomber Prismall trains with Port Adelaide

Essendon's Brent Prismall.

Emma Quayle Port Adelaide has emerged as a potential new home for delisted Essendon player Brent Prismall, who has joined the club for pre-season training.

If Port Adelaide can turn it around, surely so can Demons

Port Adelaide

Emma Quayle Demons' new coach has half a list, maybe more, to work with. Surely that will do.

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Collingwood to look for grit and endeavour in final six rounds

Come here: Bomber Mark Baguley takes a stand against Pie Steele Sidebottom.

Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley will challenge his players to respond with “grit and endeavour” to the 64-point loss to Essendon on Sunday that he considered a dismantling, and the...

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Blues hope injured Jarrad Waite can avoid an extended break

Emma Quayle Carlton is hoping Jarrad Waite will recover from a minor calf strain to play this weekend, with the veteran forward otherwise facing a three-week break in his battle to get back into the senior team.

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Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

Andrew Walker.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

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Brian Lake, Drew Petrie charges defended by match review panel

Hawthorn defender Brian Lake chokes his opponent Drew Petrie.

Emma Quayle The match review panel looked at the grappling undertaken by both Brian Lake and Drew Petrie in isolation, rather than in combination, in deciding both deserved disciplinary action.

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Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon loses battle with cancer

Former Essendon boss Graeme McMahon.

Emma Quayle Essendon is mourning the loss of former AFL club boss Graeme McMahon, who died on Tuesday.

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Cats excited about what lies ahead, with top four spot in sight

Hamish McIntosh of the Cats and Will Minson of the Bulldogs compete in the ruck.

Emma Quayle Chris Scott will not argue with the people who keep telling him his Geelong side is no good, but is optimistic and excited about what lies ahead for the team that kept a top four spot in sight with a...

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Summit on holding-the-ball rule as umpires boss admits Monfries decision was wrong

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans says greater clarity is needed on how much time players have to get rid of the ball before they are penalised.

Emma Quayle The AFL will invite coaches to debate and help clarify the most-debated rule of the year - holding the ball - at an end-of-season summit with umpires and the rules committee.

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Gary Ablett, Suns shoulder load of big decision

Gary Ablett did not suffer any bone damage when he was slung to the ground on Saturday night in a tackle by Collingwood's Brent Macaffer.

Emma Quayle A meeting with a Melbourne shoulder specialist will help Gary Ablett and Gold Coast decide whether to get the champion back into the side this season or send him for season-ending surgery. 

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AFL umpire Simon Meredith on the mend after major health scare

Simon Meredith with wife Leiza and son Hamish.

Emma Quayle Simon Meredith felt fine, when he flew to Sydney two weeks ago to umpire the Swans’ game against Port Adelaide.

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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli sidelined for up to 10 weeks

Injured: Cyril Rioli.

Emma Quayle The season could be over for Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli after his latest hamstring injury.

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Levi Greenwood knows the value of rushing slowly

Pumped: Levi Greenwood.

Emma Quayle Levi Greenwood was coming into the last year of his contract but didn’t worry when a sore foot kept him from running for much of the summer.

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Tall orders: where do the ruckmen come from?

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Emma Quayle When Brodie Grundy slipped to pick 18 in the AFL national draft two years ago not many recruiters could believe he had been left waiting that long, even those who had overlooked him.

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Kangaroos coach Brad Scott at a loss to explain slow starts

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott plans his strategy.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne will continue searching for the reasons behind its slow starts to games this year, after conceding the first seven goals in its 43-point loss to the slick, quick Gold Coast side on...

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How the Suns and Giants got the best of both worlds

Gary Ablett

Emma Quayle The television commercial starts with a boy and girl arguing across the dinner table: what would be better, soft taco shells or hard? It ends with the whole family celebrating their young sister's...

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Could Mason Cox be the next really big thing?

Tall order: Mason Cox has attracted plenty of AFL interest.

Emma Quayle What makes the American most interesting is that five clubs really want to sign him, and that they're spending this week trying to convince him to choose them.

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The Suns could equal a record by fielding seven indigenous players

Harley Bennell.

Emma Quayle If the Suns' indigenous stars align, the club will start sharing its first small piece of AFL history.