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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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...

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

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

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...

The softer side of hard-as-nails Ollie Wines

Powering through: Ollie Wines leaves a flock of Hawks in his wake as Port Adelaide downs Hawthorn by 14 points in round 10.

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.

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.

Why Melbourne shouldn't get a priority pick

Emma Quayle.

Emma Quayle In requesting another priority pick it feels like Melbourne is reinforcing the sense of helplessness that has surrounded it for so long, and that it should be doing its best to disown.

Finals preview: North Melbourne v Essendon

Dyson Heppell shone the last time Essendon played North Melbourne.

Emma Quayle Let's go with Essendon, given their best is more damaging.

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Collingwood falls outside the top 8, as Crows make their move

Laclhlan Keeffe consoles Heritier Lumumba after the Pies' loss.

Emma Quayle Collingwood has tumbled outside the top eight for the first time since round five.

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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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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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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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Tom Lamb stars in AIS-AFL Academy's victory over European Legion

Impressive: Clem Smith during Saturday's game at the Harrow School in London.

Emma Quayle Tom Lamb played on the wing, in all parts of the forward line and above all else, well. The teenager is one of the most versatile and unpredictably exciting players in this year's draft and he was...