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.

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Supplement crisis: Bombers set to miss finals

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon looks certain to not play finals as negotiations between the AFL and the club moved swiftly towards a resolution of the crisis that has engulfed the game.

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Essendon players can walk out: experts

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Jake Niall Legal experts believe there is a strong case to say that Essendon's alleged failing in providing a safe workplace would allow the players to terminate their contracts - in effect, enabling even those...

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Dons rejected penalties

Andrew Demetriou.

Jake Niall The AFL wanted Essendon to accept a series of penalties which included exclusion from the 2013 finals, the loss of draft picks for two years, a fine of more than $2.

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Bombers' secret talks

Paul Little: Saga could drag into September and beyond.

Caroline Wilson, Mark Hawthorne and Jake Niall Pre-finals settlement between Essendon and the AFL remains on the table.

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Under the radar

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Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.

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Hawthorn top of the class

Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe and Hawthorn's Lance Franklin in a trial of strength at the MCG.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.

Roos unlikely to take Lions job, says Lynch

In demand: Paul Roos.

Jake Niall Alastair Lynch believes his close friend Paul Roos unlikely to take on Lions job.

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That's what I want in September, says Clarkson

Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson maps out strategy at quarter-time.

Jake Niall Coach praises his players for standing up to finals-like pressure against Pies.

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If lessons have been learnt, then road-tested coaches are the way to go

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Jake Niall The travails of Hird and Voss this week ought to be a teaching moment for a competition/industry.

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Roos deal not done yet: Lions

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The majority of the Brisbane Lions' board still wanted to retain Michael Voss until six weeks ago, according to club chairman Angus Johnson.

Voss not boss

Michael Voss and Paul Roos.

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Brisbane coach Michael Voss will depart the Lions after being told on Tuesday that his contract would not be renewed at the end of 2013.

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The return flight

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Jake Niall Windy Hill leaders would do well to learn from West Coast's experiences of righting its culture.

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Bombers to be charged next week

James Hird.

Jake Niall Expect Essendon to be charged early next week. For the AFL, that's just in the nick of time, as the finals deadline beckons.

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Players' long-term health to be monitored

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Jake Niall AFL is working with AFLPA to set up a system for monitoring the long-term health of Essendon players to ensure there are no issues arising from the club's supplements program.

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Lions seek cash for salary cap

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

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Drug shambles could work in players' favour

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Jake Niall Some see the Essendon story as a conspiracy, in the Watergate vein.

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The plain truth

Jake Niall An unvarnished ASADA report, a club hanging tough – now the lawyers are set to take centre stage.

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Dank used Pies as bait for Bombers' peptides program: key witness

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Jake Niall, John Silvester The sports scientist at the centre of the Essendon drug scandal, Stephen Dank, used an unfounded allegation about Collingwood using banned drugs to pressure coach James Hird to authorise the...

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Pies, the source?

Stephen Dank.

Jake Niall and John Silvester Key witness says Stephen Dank used Collingwood claims to manipulate James Hird.

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Throwing punches, pulling heartstrings

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Jake Niall 'The Weapon' had two obvious ambitions in his interview with Luke Darcy. One was to smear James Hird - with a dodgy cream, a police raid and everything untoward that happened at Windy Hill.

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