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.

Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield wants marking forwards protected

Jake Niall Patrick Dangerfield wants help for marking forwards for the game's sake.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire claims rift with Mick Malthouse healed

Rift 'repaired somewhat': Eddie McGuire and Mick Malthouse.

Jake Niall Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has indicated the once "grand canyon-sized" rift between him and his premiership coach Mick Malthouse has been repaired somewhat.

Carlton poach Hawthorn official for leadership

Jake Niall Carlton has hired a leadership specialist from Hawthorn to run the club's leadership program under new coach Brendon Bolton.

Damien Hardwick's new deal at Richmond: one year is enough

Jake Niall

Jake Niall  If Richmond intends to renew Damien Hardwick's contract soon, as the club president suggests is likely, then they should hand the coach only a one-year extension.

Tiger candidate: there won't be bloodshed

Jake Niall One of the candidates in the fierce Richmond election says he is not "challenging" the club board and wants "evolution rather than revolution" at Tigerland.

New AFL draft – too American and too slow

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton presents the club jumper to Harry McKay during the draft.

Jake Niall  By the time Geelong had nominated Matthew Hayball, the last player selected in the 2015 national draft, the seats at the Adelaide Convention Centre were virtually empty.

Adelaide's Kyle Cheney warned, ex-Dog Talia cleared by AFL over leaking game information

Formal warning: Kyle Cheney.

Jake Niall  An AFL investigation has cleared ex-Bulldog Michael Talia of any rule breaches for allegedly leaking game-sensitive information before a final but has issued a formal warning to Adelaide's Kyle...

How and why Essendon players were called up to hearing

The world body is challenging the AFL anti-doping tribunal's March verdict that cleared the 34 current and past Essendon players.

Jake Niall A random selection of Essendon players who gave evidence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal were called to the hearing by the CAS panel, not the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Essendon players give evidence at Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing

The Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing is taking place in Sydney and is closed to the public and the media.

Jake Niall At least half a dozen Essendon players have given evidence in person at the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in Sydney into the Bombers drug scandal.

Bombers back in the dock for appeal hearing

The end of the road: James Hird announcing his resignation as Essendon coach, watched by the players.

Jake Niall Everything you need to know about the Essendon appeal hearing.

Channel Seven offered Jake Carlisle film nine days earlier

Jake Carlisle

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Channel Seven was offered video footage purporting to show Jake Carlisle in a room with illicit drugs in Las Vegas nine days before Channel Nine broadcast damning footage that prompted the St Kilda...

How Harvard helped the Dangerfield deal

Danger averted: Paddy is now a Cat.

Jake Niall The game's biggest deal of 2015, the Paddy Dangerfield trade, was influenced by Harvard University business school lessons.

Bombers believe they can fly back up the ladder

John Worsford says the club's primary focus is to be successful and respected and that a premiership would hopefully follow from that.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon believe they can challenge for the top four again within three years under new coach John Worsfold.

Essendon confirm Lindsay Tanner will be new chairman

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon have confirmed that former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner is slated to take over as club chairman from Paul Little, as the club completes a complete make-over.

WADA appeal: Players unlikely to face suspension, says Essendon

Essendon's chief executive Xavier Campbell says they expect the CAS hearing to last for a week, with a

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Essendon believes that the current and former players facing the WADA appeal are unlikely to be suspended even if found guilty of anti-doping offences.

Ex-Dons player seeks answers on 2012 program in court

Hal Hunter has not been not issued with a show-cause notice and his case is not connected to the WADA hearing.

Jake Niall Holding "grave concerns" about their client, the legal team representing an Essendon 2012 player will ask the Supreme Court to order the AFL and the club to hand over documents about the...

Tigers get Andrew Moore, and don't need more

As a strong 189-centimetre midfielder, Andrew Moore fits Richmond's needs.

Jake Niall In the coming days, the Tigers are expected to announce they have signed delisted free agent Andrew Moore on a modest one-year contract.

DFAT's travel warning for AFL players in their break

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Key points for AFL players to bear in mind during their off-season travels.

AFL trades 2015: New Pies gained, but it's for Bucks, not bucks

Adam Treloar went to Collingwood at significant cost

Jake Niall Patrick Dangerfield was the biggest and best player to move clubs this post-season. The next most prized player was Adam Treloar, whose flight to Collingwood involved significant turbulence...

AFL trades: talk of Andrejs Everitt trade to Gold Coast

Andrejs Everitt

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Carlton and Gold Coast are involved in 11th-hour talks over a possible move of Andrejs Everitt to the Suns.