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 Anzac Day this year marks the 20th anniversary of that famed afternoon when Essendon and Collingwood drew and, more significantly, Michael Long drew attention to the formerly festering sore of racial...
Jake Niall Ryan Griffen was unhappy in his final year with the Western Bulldogs. He had lost the enjoyment of ‘‘all parts’’ of playing football.
Jake Niall The AFL has indicated to Essendon that it wants the Dons to field a weakened team in the NAB Challenge games at this stage.
Jake Niall The remaining Essendon players who are facing doping charges at the tribunal will not seek to have their provisional suspensions lifted to play in the NAB Challenge.
Jake Niall In 2012, the October surprise was Kurt Tippett joining Sydney. In 2013, Buddy Franklin's nine year deal with the Swans floored everyone, bar those who hatched the clandestine raid.
Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs are seriously considering removing Stewart Crameri from the NAB Challenge to avoid losing the opportunity of an undisputed backdated penalty.
Jake Niall While first year players typically need to add bulk to skinny frames, Melbourne's prized early draft picks, Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw have both shed kilograms in preparation for their...
Jake Niall Back in December, as AFL clubs were about to go on their Christmas break, an AFL coach explained the logic behind an audacious Port Adelaide tactic that had helped Port to power home late in the...
Jake Niall From what one has gathered, Gary Ablett and Tom Scully, the first signings of the AFL's expansion clubs, were the only AFL footballers who were paid more than a million dollars in 2014.
Jake Niall Provisionally suspended current and ex-Essendon players appear likely to require AFL Commission permission if they wish to play in the NAB Cup, with the ASADA hearing set to drag on into mid-February...
Jake Niall The bold decision to appoint Taylor Walker as captain of Adelaide was made by coach Phil Walsh.
Jake Niall Only one club has completed what has become known, in borrowed American lexicon, as "the three-peat" since the 1950s. Even Hawthorn's fabled 1980s teams couldn't manage a treble of flags.
Jake Niall St Kilda has hired former Carlton recruiting boss Wayne Hughes in a new role overseeing the club's recruiting of seasoned players.
Jake Niall Gary Ablett has been offered a new contract by Gold Coast that will ensure he stays one of the game’s very highest-paid players from 2016.
Jake Niall Despite a run of three consecutive grand finals and late September finishes, Hawthorn nears the Christmas break with virtually all of its senior list in training and an excellent bill of health.
Jake Niall The AFL commission is set to confirm that St Kilda's Ahmed Saad will be allowed to resume training with club from January.
Jake Niall Carlton announce the prodigal return of former champion Stephen Silvagni in a position heading up list management.
Jake Niall Hawthorn's hierarchy have suggested that clubs be allowed a veteran's allowance for long-serving officials such as Alastair Clarkson, which would mean that coach or official would have part of his...
Jake Niall Collingwood's star-crossed boom youngster from last year, Matthew Scharenberg, is already back running and is "on track" in his recovery from his late-season knee injury.
Jake Niall A few weeks ago, a pair of brothers who run a Clifton Hill cafe received second-hand word that "Jeremy Cameron is coming to Carlton when he comes out of contract at the Giants."