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.

St Kilda's American rookie puts the pieces together

Emma Quayle Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.

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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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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 promote Ameet Bains, and bolster their off-field team

One of the first appointment by new St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis, left, was Peta Searle as an assistant coach, June 2nd.

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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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.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

Brent Harvey ready to repay North Melbourne

Feeling guilty: Brent Harvey is hoping to get back to his best after suspension.

Emma Quayle Helpless and guilt-ridden in week one of the AFL finals, North's Brent Harvey is out to repay his club on Friday night.

Western Bulldogs young gun Marcus Bontempelli's pre-season scare

Marcus Bontempelli

Emma Quayle Marcus Bontempelli briefly feared his debut season was over before it had started, but he avoided what the Western Bulldogs thought might be a major knee injury in his first six weeks at the club.

Is this year's Rising Star crop the most even ever?

No one at the Brisbane Lions thinks Lewis Taylor's season has as been bettered.

Emma Quayle There are few more subjective awards than the Rising Star, perhaps none that are based basically on which player which judge has liked best.

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The AFL's rising stars of 2014 answer the big questions

Zac Merrett.

Liam Mannix, Emma Quayle Rising stars discuss their peers, and the next crop of young stars.

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

Hands on AFL football

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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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.

For 25 years, Josh Clayton's father has drafted teenagers to AFL clubs. This year he hopes it's his turn.

Josh Clayton.

Emma Quayle When Josh Clayton was 15, he went to watch South Australia play in the under-18 championships. He sat with his father, who wanted to know which player he liked best, and choose a kid called Sam Mayes.