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.

Adelaide Crows demolish James Hird's dismal Essendon

Jake Niall Eddie Betts's five-goal haul has helped Adelaide thump a sorry Essendon by 112 points.

Scott Burns, John Barker, Brendon Bolton make their case to Carlton coach selection panel

Scott Burns is on Carlton's shortlist.

Jake Niall Collingwood assistant coach and ex-captain Scott Burns was one of three candidates who made in-depth presentations to Carlton's coaching subcommittee on Thursday.

Why Collingwood want to move early on banned players

Jake Niall Collingwood are planning to redraft Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas this year and not in 2016 – despite the prospect of running two players short next year – to give the suspended pair an...

Todd Goldstein to test Brownlow Medal's mettle

How close will Todd Goldstein come to grabbing a Brownlow Medal?

Jake Niall If the Brownlow Medal has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the midfielders' fraternity for more than two decades, there is a ruckman who should at least challenge that positional monopoly, and give...

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The age old question

Shaun Edwards is making
an impact for Essendon.

Jake Niall The teams fielded by Essendon over the past month have differed greatly from the tired side that was sliding inexorably – and about to discover new depths – when they met the Tigers in a...

Chris Yarran, Troy Menzel dropped by Carlton

Dropped: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jake Niall Carlton has dropped talented pair Chris Yarran and Troy Menzel for failing to work hard on the field.

Why Essendon's new drug case is a harsher test

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Jake Niall The 34 players face a tougher trial compared to the decisive victory they enjoyed over a less resourced ASADA.


WADA finds 'abnormally' high TB4 levels in Essendon players


Jake Niall The World Anti-Doping Agency claims it has found abnormally high amounts of thymosin beta 4 – the substance Essendon players are accused of taking – in the frozen urine samples of two...

Clubs, AFL ready to fix 'ugly football'

Congestion around the ball is making the game of AFL ugly, according to many.

Jake Niall Congestion around the ball and high stoppage numbers - ugly football - will be a hot topic for a meeting of the18 clubs and the AFL on Wednesday.

Carlton v North Melbourne: Kangaroos win handsomely

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01:   Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during the round 18 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall This was a game that North Melbourne couldn't blow, and in which Carlton couldn't be blown apart. Both clubs satisfied those pass marks, despite the final score.

Sydney Swans' Adam Goodes thrust into key role in race relations history

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Jake Niall Adam Goodes has become a political football in a discussion of race relations. It is not a role he sought, any more than he invited the mindless booing that prompted his withdrawal from this...

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Richmond Tigers interested in Carlton's Chris Yarran

In the eye of the Tigers: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Richmond has expressed interest in Carlton's talented flanker Chris Yarran, who is expected to figure in end of season trade discussions.

Players to take up social media cudgels for Goodes

Vilified: Swans star Adam Goodes has been the subject of dreadful taunts.

Jake Niall, Samantha Lane, Andrew Wu AFL players are poised to take up a social media campaign and potentially other actions supporting Adam Goodes following a meeting of elite players from every club.

You could not blame Adam Goodes for quitting AFL over booing, says Players Association boss Paul Marsh


Marissa Calligeros, Andrew Webster, Jake Niall Adam Goodes could not be blamed for walking away from football if crowds continue to boo him, says AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

AFL commission trading future draft picks

Potential trade: Adam Treloar of the Giants.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle All clubs will be free to trade future draft picks in this year's trade period after the AFL commission approved the move at a meeting Tuesday.

Players look at ways to stop the boos directed at Adam Goodes

Supported: Adam Goodes of the Swans.

Jake Niall AFL players from all clubs are discussing ways to stop the booing of Sydney Swans great Adam Goodes in the remaining matches this year.

Tigers rue missed opportunity

Out of grasp: Nathan Fyfe slips clear of Trent Cotchin.

Jake Niall Richmond has blown a seemingly certain victory and chance to move closer to a top four berth after a crucial turnover late in the game saw Fremantle snatch an unexpected and unlikely win.

Melbourne Demons better placed for future title run than St Kilda Saints

AFL Sherrin

Jake Niall Whatever happens at the MCG late Sunday afternoon, the Demons hold a small, yet clear lead over the Saints in terms of developing a team that could eventually ascend to heaven on the G in late...

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GWS' Adam Treloar likely to leave for Victorian club

Adam Treloar.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Adam Treloar looks increasingly likely to depart Greater Western Sydney and join a Melbourne club.

Sydney Swan Lewis Jetta considers a move home to Western Australia

Torn: Sydney Swans' Lewis Jetta has hinted at a return home.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Super quick Sydney premiership player Lewis Jetta is understood be open to a move home to Western Australia at the end of the season.

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