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.

Bulldogs announce Brendan McCartney's departure

Jake Niall Brendan McCartney has quit as coach of AFL club Western Bulldogs.

The story behind the Griffen walkout

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Jake Niall Ryan Griffen's walkout is the most significant event of the 2014 post-season. There is a new landscape in which contracts have become virtually irrelevant and some coaches struggle to retain control.

AFL trade news: Radical plan discussed to get Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide and Essendon have investigated and discussed a radical plan - similar to the Nick Dal Santo deal of last year - to get Paddy Ryder to the Power and provide better compensation for the...

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Blues, Dogs consider Adam Cooney trade

Carlton-bound? Adam Cooney is a chance to turn out for the Blues

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs have had discussions about a potential trade involving Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney.

Essendon deep in talks with Mark Harvey

Essendon are talking to former club great Mark Harvey about an assistant coaching role.

Jake Niall Essendon is in discussions with club great and former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey about an assistant coaching role.

Port Adelaide looks at legal option over Ryder

Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle As talks between Essendon and Port Adelaide over Patrick Ryder have stalled, Port has taken advice Ryder can activate a contractual rule that would see his Essendon contract voided.

Is Bomber the Dons' only option?

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Jake Niall Mark Thompson's address at the Essendon best and fairest was extraordinary. In terms of theatre, it ranks alongside Paul Keating's notorious "Placido Domingo" speech to the Canberra press gallery in...

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Collingwood, Bulldogs push for Levi Greenwood

In demand: Levi Greenwood.

Jake Niall Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have made strong plays for out-of-contract North Melbourne midfielder Levi Greenwood.

Fears Hird appeal will delay ASADA process

James Hird is playing a high stakes game.

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane The legal team acting for the past and present Essendon players facing show-cause notices is concerned that James Hird’s appeal may delay the ASADA process further.

Gold Coast Suns will talk to Mark Thompson

Jake Niall The Gold Suns intend to speak with Mark Thompson as part of their search for a coach to replace Guy McKenna.

AFLPA wants to bring the Essendon saga to a conclusion

AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Jake Niall The AFLPA has called for a resolution to the ASADA-Essendon saga and the appeal by James Hird should 'disrupt' the process.

Essendon crisis: Leadership group tried to stop James Hird appealing verdict

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Jake Niall Members of Essendon's leadership group tried to persuade James Hird not to go through with his plan to appeal the verdict, after the club briefed the leadership group on the crisis on Wednesday.

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Essendon opts against appealing Federal Court verdict

Distracted: Essendon players walk out for the game against Melbourne on Sunday.

Jake Niall Essendon will spurn the opportunity to appeal the verdict in the Federal Court case that found in favour of ASADA and allowed it to proceed with show cause notices for 34 current and former players.

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Mitch Clark chooses Cats, and less spotlight

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Jake Niall Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has told the Demons he wants a trade to Geelong rather than Collingwood.

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Hawthorn in the hunt in bid to become best of era

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Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.

Clarkson's Commandos do John Kennedy proud

Alastair Clarkson (left) and assistant Brendon Bolton.

Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...

Will this be the final stand for Hawthorn defender Brian Lake?

Brian Lake is the major question mark among the veteran Hawthorn players who are 30-plus.

Jake Niall This grand final could be the last game of Brian Lake’s career. Or it might not.

Port Adelaide firming in Paddy Ryder race, with Gavin Wanganeen's help

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide has used former Essendon and Port champion Gavin Wanganeen as part of its strong pitch to Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder.

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The two changes the Hawks should make

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Jake Niall The logical selection for Hawthorn would to add Rioli and McEvoy at the expense of Simpkin and Ceglar.

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Collingwood's Beams in bid to go home

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Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood wants to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams, who has asked to be traded back to Queensland to be with his ill father.

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