Jake Niall

Jake Niall

Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at 'The Age' specialising mainly in coverage of the AFL. He writes a weekly column for 'The Sunday Age' and has been on staff with 'The Age' or 'Sunday Age' since 1995. Jake, who combines original news with commentary, match-based writing, features and analysis, has won a number of awards, including the Alf Brown award for the best performer in AFL media in 2012, the Melbourne Press Club's 2007 Quill award for best sports story in any medium and a Walkley award, shared with colleagues Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson and John Silvester, for best coverage of a major issue (Essendon scandal) in 2013.

AFLPA wants to bring the Essendon saga to a conclusion

AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Jake Niall The AFLPA has called for a resolution to the ASADA-Essendon saga and the appeal by James Hird should 'disrupt' the process.

Essendon crisis: Leadership group tried to stop James Hird appealing verdict

Essendon.

Jake Niall Members of Essendon's leadership group tried to persuade James Hird not to go through with his plan to appeal the verdict, after the club briefed the leadership group on the crisis on Wednesday.

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Essendon opts against appealing Federal Court verdict

Distracted: Essendon players walk out for the game against Melbourne on Sunday.

Jake Niall Essendon will spurn the opportunity to appeal the verdict in the Federal Court case that found in favour of ASADA and allowed it to proceed with show cause notices for 34 current and former players.

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Mitch Clark chooses Cats, and less spotlight

Mitch Clark.

Jake Niall Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has told the Demons he wants a trade to Geelong rather than Collingwood.

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Hawthorn in the hunt in bid to become best of era

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Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.

Clarkson's Commandos do John Kennedy proud

Alastair Clarkson (left) and assistant Brendon Bolton.

Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...

Will this be the final stand for Hawthorn defender Brian Lake?

Brian Lake is the major question mark among the veteran Hawthorn players who are 30-plus.

Jake Niall This grand final could be the last game of Brian Lake’s career. Or it might not.

Port Adelaide firming in Paddy Ryder race, with Gavin Wanganeen's help

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide has used former Essendon and Port champion Gavin Wanganeen as part of its strong pitch to Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder.

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The two changes the Hawks should make

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Jake Niall The logical selection for Hawthorn would to add Rioli and McEvoy at the expense of Simpkin and Ceglar.

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Collingwood's Beams in bid to go home

Dayne Beams

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood wants to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams, who has asked to be traded back to Queensland to be with his ill father.

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Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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AFL knocks back a priority pick for Melbourne

Melbourne asked for the pick after it was defeated by an undermanned GSW team by 64 points in round 21.

Jake Niall The AFL has knocked back Melbourne's request for a priority selection at the upcoming national draft.

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Hawthorn edges out Port Adelaide, sets up flag tilt with Sydney

Hawthorn

Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.

Supplements saga: Bombers must change a bad game plan

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Jake Niall In September, there have been two complete and utter routs that were decided within 25 minutes.

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Paddy Ryder to confirm departure from Essendon

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will confirm his wish to seek a trade to another club, despite Essendon’s attempts to persuade him to stay and hope that the player would re-consider his position.

Guy McKenna under pressure to keep Gold Coast job

Jake Niall The future of Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna is uncertain after the club board confirmed that it would review his position, with a decision on McKenna reached in the week after the grand final.

Paddy Ryder to meet Giants

Paddy Ryder is to meet with GWS.

Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.

Mark Thompson slams Adelaide's axing of Sanderson

Winning combination: Mark Thompson and Brenton Sanderson.

Jake Niall Essendon's exiting senior coach, Mark Thompson, has clearly signalled his disappointment with Adelaide's axing of his friend Brenton Sanderson.

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Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.