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.
Jake Niall When Melbourne considered its captaincy options prior to the 2012 season, the club had so little confidence in the leadership capacity of its senior players that it made a radical decision that...
Jake Niall Carlton has acknowledged its list management has not been up to scratch.
Jake Niall West Coast of 2005-2007 had everything: more money than a club could ever spend, a waiting list for sponsors and members, facilities and untold fans, who, for a long time, refused to believe their...
Jake Niall Infraction notices have landed for the 34 current and and former Essendon players who will face AFL tribunal charges of the use of banned peptide thymosin beta-4.
Jake Niall Current and former Essendon players have been placed on the register of findings by an anti-doping panel, with the AFL expected to take the next step and issue infraction notices against those 34...
Jake Niall The AFL has decided that ASADA will prosecute any doping cases against Essendon players at the AFL tribunal, instead of having AFL-appointed prosecutors.
Jake Niall St Kilda spurned a Greater Western Sydney offer in which the Saints would have received picks 4 and 7 in the national draft in exchange for pick no 1.
Jake Niall The mega contract for Tom Boyd is really the bastard son of the Buddy Franklin deal from 12 months earlier.
Jake Niall "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson
Jake Niall A deal involving Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney has delivered Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide.
Emma Quayle, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson The Patrick Ryder impasse remained unresolved on Wednesday night, after a mediation session failed to result in a deal between Essendon and Port Adelaide.
Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle In the most dramatic day of action in the history of the draft and trading system Tom Boyd has become a Bulldog on unprecedented terms in exchange for the Dogs captain Ryan Griffen.
Jake Niall, Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson A blockbuster deal in which Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen would be traded for Greater Western Sydney's Tom Boyd is looking increasingly likely.
Jake Niall, Emma Quayle Essendon and Port Adelaide have gone into formal mediation, as the impasse over Paddy Ryder continued for a ninth day.
Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall The sudden burst of trading action on Wednesday has continued with Carlton lodging its trade deal to secure the Giants' Kristian Jaksch.
Jake Niall Dayne Beams thanked Collingwood for giving him the opportunity to live his "dream" but insisted the shift to the Brisbane Lions was for the best, after confirmation finally came that he was part of a...
Jake Niall Ryan Griffen's request for a trade detonated a bomb at Whitten Oval, in which the coach was the major casualty.
Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney continued their staring competition on Tuesday, with the Giants adamant Tom Boyd would not be traded despite his manager's claim that he would leave in...
Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Carlton was confident of finalising a deal for Kristian Jaksch on Monday, with the trade hinging on a decision from his GWS midfielder Mark Whiley on whether to make the move with him.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Peter Gordon calls Tony Shepherd for deal on Tom Boyd to become a Dog