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.

Swans had plan to pull out of draft

Emma Quayle Sydney would have completely withdrawn from the national draft and started recruiting exclusively from New South Wales under a radical proposal put to the AFL.

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Swans thrash Dogs to close in on top spot

Lance Franklin kicked six goals.

Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs were six goals down, but doing their best to get back into a game that already looked lost. Jake Stringer kicked a goal from just inside the 50-metre line.

Swans unlikely to rest players against Tigers, even with top spot almost sewn up

Listen to me: John Longmire talks to the Sydney players during Sunday's game.

Emma Quayle Sydney has almost sewn up top spot on the ladder after a big win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, but the Swans are unlikely to prepare for the start of their finals campaign by deliberately...

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Why the Swans Academy is nothing to be scared of

Emma Quayle dinkus

Emma Quayle Eddie McGuire is not the only person to have begun grumbling about how blessed Sydney is to have Isaac Heeney on the way as a first-round draft pick.

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Swans' Nick Malceski puts contract talks on hold

Jermemy Laidler, left, and Nick Malceski, right, of the Swans compete for the ball during the round 15 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Emma Quayle Sydney Swans defender Nick Malceski has put off contract talks with the club until the end of the season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.

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Andrew Dunkley's teenage son Josh hopes to join Swans

Andrew Dunkley during his playing days at Sydney

Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley would love to play for Sydney, if he does enough in the next 18 months to convince the club to take him on.

Adam Goodes closing on a return to Swans side

Adam Goodes

Emma Quayle Adam Goodes is closing on a return to the Sydney side, almost nine months after his last game.

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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.

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Giants and Swans set to pick and mix

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Swans offer Tippett $3.5m, 4-year deal

Kurt Tippett.

Emma Quayle Swans also offer Crow a conditional two-year extension for 2017 and 2018.

Bombers' drive eclipses Swans

Emma Quayle Bombers notch their first win of an almost invisible pre-season.

North Melbourne defender Nathan Grima wary of more than just Franklin and Tippett

Lindsay Thomas, Nathan Grima, Todd Goldstein and Aaron Black sing the club song in the rooms after their win on Friday night.

Emma Quayle North Melbourne's defenders have more than just Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to worry about, says backman Nathan Grima.

Sydney's Alex Johnson faces fourth reconstruction

Alex Johnson had surgery this week to deal with an infection that has troubled him since 2013.

Emma Quayle Sydney defender Alex Johnson is facing yet another huge challenge to resume his promising AFL career, with a fourth knee reconstruction looming. 

Melbourne to nominate Billy Stretch as father-son draftee

Melbourne has been impressed enough with what it has seen of Billy Stretch this season to put his name forward.

Emma Quayle Billy Stretch has become this year's third official father-son candidate, with Melbourne deciding to nominate the young wingman ahead of next month's bidding meeting.

No change to father-son bidding system for 2014

Darcy Moore may get to Collingwood for a bargain price.

Emma Quayle Sydney will be able to draft highly rated midfielder Isaac Heeney with a late first-round pick, with the AFL not ready to introduce its revamped bidding system.

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St Kilda's American rookie puts the pieces together

St Kilda’s American import found:

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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Longmire happy to wait as clubs circle Malceski

Nick Malceski has not missed a game in the  past three years and is averaging a career-best 24 possessions this season.

Emma Quayle Nick Malceski will consider offers from up to four clubs before deciding where to continue his 10-year career.

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Jobe Watson to learn more about his chances for a comeback this week

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle An appointment with his surgeon this week will tell Jobe Watson more about whether or when he will return to the Essendon line-up this year.

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The next generation of AFL players set to strut their stuff

Angus Brayshaw.

Emma Quayle For the first time ever, the national under-18 championships have been played over six home-and-away rounds.

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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.