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.

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St Kilda promote Ameet Bains, and bolster their off-field team

Emma Quayle St Kilda's off-field revamp under new chief executive Matt Finnis is continuing, with the club promoting list manager Ameet Bains onto the club’s executive as chief operating officer.

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West Coast defeats St Kilda for second successive win

West Coast's Nic Naitanui handballs away from Darren Minchington (left) and Lenny Hayes at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Emma Quayle West Coast has strung together back-to-back victories for the first time since the first three weeks of the AFL season.

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St Kilda's David Armitage in a hurry to help his teammates out

Emma Quayle David Armitage is planning as many extra swim, bike and running sessions as he can handle in the next few weeks, to help him provide St Kilda's young midfielders with the support he was offering them...

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Meet the players planning to take St Kilda back up the ladder

Young Saints Tom Hickey, Jimmy Webster, Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders and Jack Newnes at   the Seaford clubrooms.

Emma Quayle If St Kilda is to improve this season, it won't be up to the club's established senior stars.

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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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Opportunity leads Josh Bruce to St Kilda

Josh Bruce.

Emma Quayle Josh Bruce was a point of difference in this year's trade period, when 13 players in their first second or third year changed clubs.

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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's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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Ahmed Saad eyes 2015 AFL return as ASADA loses ban appeal

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Emma Quayle Ahmed Saad hopes to get a second chance in the AFL next year, with St Kilda saying it is "open-minded" about giving him another chance after the AFL dismissed the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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Hawthorn hopeful coach Alastair Clarkson will be back in a month

Alastair Clarkson is in hospital with the serious auto-immune condition.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Hawthorn remains hopeful that Alastair Clarkson will be back in the senior coaching seat in a month, but will not allow him to return to work until he is completely ready.

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Midfielders pushing up the order as the 2014 draft pool starts to take shape

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Emma Quayle When the new-look national championships began, the thinking was that the first part of this year's draft would be filled with tall players, and options at either end.

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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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Essendon hoping to add experience and height against Bulldogs

Set to return: Brendon Goddard.

Emma Quayle Essendon expects to strengthen both its midfield and forward line for this week's match against the Bulldogs, with Brendon Goddard and Heath Hocking leading the likely inclusions.

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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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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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Hawthorn loses Mitchell and Lake to long-term injuries, as Buddy (maybe) awaits

Shaun Burgoyne and Sam Mitchell lead the Hawks out for the round seven game against St Kilda on Saturday, the 250th game for both.

Emma Quayle Luke Hodge knew "the Buddy question" was coming but before the Hawthorn captain could talk about playing against his premiership teammate for the first time this week he had other things to discuss,...

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Why lifting the draft age to 19 would be a bad idea

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Emma Quayle If clubs couldn't draft players until they turned 19, we wouldn't have seen Jack Billings slot goals from the pocket for St Kilda this year.