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.

Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas in limbo over alleged doping violation

Jake Niall Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas remain in virtual exile from the club with their careers in limbo, as a result of their provisional suspension for an alleged doping violation.

Paddy McCartin to play again, Nick Riewoldt unlikely

Expected to play on Anzac Day: Paddy McCartin.

Jake Niall St Kilda is expected to retain number one draft pick Paddy McCartin in the team that plays Carlton in New Zealand on Anzac Day.

Port Adelaide hangs on to get the better of North Melbourne

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos is tackled by Justin Westhoff of the Power.

Jake Niall This was a game that Port Adelaide simply had to win and, as circumstances unfolded, it didn't seem possible that North Melbourne could win.

Dissin' franchised

Dissin' franchised. Jake Niall column 19/4/2015. illo Mick Connolly

Jake Niall It’s as long odds as Carlton making the eight, but if Geelong is upset by the Ablett-less Suns, we know what will happen.

Stephen Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

Jon Pierik, Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty on several charges, however he has been cleared on three charges relating to banned substance Thymosin Beta 4.

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Carlton's Lachie Henderson delays contract negotiations

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Jake Niall Carlton's key position swingman Lachie Henderson has temporarily delayed contract discussions, which are now expected to begin in the coming weeks.

New chief tips Dogs to reach top

Jake Niall New Bulldogs chief executive David Stevenson says the Dogs can be "a big and powerful club" like the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

How bottom teams miss out on the champions

Premier player: Nathan Fyfe.

Jake Niall The game's very best weren't picked first. Here's why

Adelaide Crows show up Magpie weaknesses to open season with back-to-back wins

Adelaide's Taylor Walker celebrates with Patrick Dangerfield.

Jake Niall This game confirmed some of the findings of the pre-season and round one. One is that Adelaide are playing strong and purposeful football under Phil Walsh.

The expendables: Where the Hawks have everyone covered

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Almost every team with premiership aspirations has at least one player it can't do without. But Hawthorn?

Geelong drop Steven Motlop for drinking on Good Friday

Dropped: Steven Motlop.

Jake Niall Geelong’s star forward Steven Motlop has received a one-game suspension from the club for drinking on Good Friday, three days before the Cats played Hawthorn in the Easter Monday blockbuster.

Blues take 24 to Perth, consider ex-Bulldog

Jason Tutt as a Dog last year.

Jake Niall Carlton is considering promoting recruit Jason Tutt for his first senior game as a Blue, with the ex-Bulldog among the 24 players the club plans to take to Perth for Friday night's game against West...

Frawley and Clark raising the stakes for Hawks, Cats

The Hawks have been happy with James Frawley's quiet progress.

Jake Niall At some point we can bank on Mitch Clark and James Frawley standing side by side as opponents on Easter Monday.

Fine spooning: Why St Kilda has a mountain to climb

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall The Saints are favourite to win a second consecutive wooden spoon.

Dons will rise for Swans, let down danger for Hawks: Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd is confident a beleaguered Essendon can lift for its first game of the season.

Jake Niall Unburdened, Essendon will lift for its first game of the season, predicts former captain Matthew Lloyd, and have a real chance of upsetting Sydney.

Secret report finds Essendon's drugs record-keeping was 'deplorable'

Essendon coach James Hird and CEO Paul Little at Tuesday's media conference.

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."

The Essendon verdict: the inside story of the anti-doping tribunal hearing

James Hird arrives at the club's headquarters after the verdict on Tuesday.

Jake Niall Whatever the Essendon players took in 2012, they took the points when they were cleared by the AFL anti-doping tribunal. Here's what happened inside the courtroom.

Why the game needs the Tigers roaring

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall The game didn't particularly need Richmond to succeed in 1987, 1997, or 2007.

Reasons for Dons verdict to be in-house

The seemingly never-ending supplements saga has spread into the 2015 NAB Challenge.

Jake Niall The AFL's doping tribunal will not release to the public the reasons for its judgment in the Essendon case when it hands down a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Former Essendon player plans to take legal action against AFL, Bombers


Jake Niall The former Essendon player is planning to take legal action against the AFL and the Essendon Football Club.