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.


Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

Harry Taylor.

Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.


Why North (and other teams) can't stop the rot


Jake Niall A 180-degree shift in momentum hasn't been confined to the flaky Kangaroos this year.


Henderson to stay put at Blues

AFL.Round 16. Carlton v St.Kilda.Carlton's Lachie Henderson in action at Etihad Stadium.13th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.

Trengove better off without captaincy burden

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Jack Trengove of the Demons leads his team off during the round 13 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 22, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) .

Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club has a number of situations that are either vacant or up in the air.


The incumbent


Jake Niall The man who made the "Crowbots" so formidable might be just the man for the Demons.

Coaches unhappy with interchange rule

Geelong coach Chris Scott at quarter-time at the MCG.

Jake Niall Interchange rule that results in free and automatic 50-metre penalty criticised.


Invoice backs claims of banned peptide use

Richard Baker, Jake Niall, John Silvester, Nick McKenzie Concerns Essendon players may have been given a banned performance-enhancing drug have strengthened with the emergence of an invoice showing the club was billed for a ''Thymosin peptide''.

Drug suspicions over Essendon grow

Thymosin Beta 4 has been linked to Essendon.

Richard Baker, Jake Niall and John Silvester Emails show a biochemist and Essendon’s former sports scientist discussing how to use a banned drug. Now an invoice for the drug has emerged.


Dees won't be rushed on coach

Peter Jackson.

Jake Niall Paul Roos remains the only coach outside the club that Melbourne has contacted about the coaching job.


Pies may regain four to play Blues

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.

Blues need chopping block


Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.

Bomber woes mount as drug probe widens

Jobe Watson and James Hird.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Jake Niall Essendon captain and several teammates were used as virtual human ''guinea pigs'' by the club.


Dees hang on in thriller

Vice-like grip: Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson takes a strong mark in front of Jack Fitzpatrick.

Jake Niall Melbourne's second win of 2013 involves three quarters from a team that seemed transformed.


Bombers players were treated like guinea pigs

Jobe Watson

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Jake Niall Essendon captain Jobe Watson and several teammates were used as human guinea pigs by the club, receiving injections or infusions of banned drug AOD9604 in volumes and at a frequency far exceeding its...

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Craig cagey over Demons role

Neil Craig

Jake Niall Melbourne caretaker coach Neil Craig remains coy about his interest in the position, saying the club had to reveal the type of coach it wanted and that he would give his ''absolute best'' for the...


Bombers guarantee player payments

Essendon's Jobe Watson during training.

Jake Niall Essendon will not allow its players to suffer financial penalties in the event that they are suspended by the AFL tribunal as a result of the supplements investigation.

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Time for Bombers to take their medicine


Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.


What's up, Doc?

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Jobe Watson has expressed regret that he admitted taking a banned drug.


Lions need Fitzroyalty

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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16th v 17th: When the sideshow becomes the show


Jake Niall Seldom has a more meaningless game contained more meaning.

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