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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Two byes, conferences get support

Judd rests.

Jake Niall Carlton has lent some support to the idea of dividing the competition into two conferences.

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Dogs 'can make a profit'

Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon.

Jake Niall Bulldogs say they can still break even or make a profit this year, despite spending an extra $1.2m on their football department in a difficult season on the field.

Taking their chance

Hawthorns Chance Bateman

Jake Niall It's not just crowds, but also clubs that have come a long way in embracing indigenous players.

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Jobe slaughters Tigers

Gotcha: Jobe Watson stops Tiger Brett Deledio in his tracks.

Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.

Almost perfect, says delighted Hird

Essendon coach James Hird offers a word of advice to his team at quarter-time.

Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.

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Demetriou backs ex-chief despite his 'mistake'

Former Essendon Bombers CEO Ian Robson

Jake Niall and Will Brodie While Ian Robson has been forced out in the fall-out from the Essendon supplements scandal, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou says there is still a role for the departed chief executive in the AFL.

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Robson quits Essendon

robson

Jake Niall The Essendon supplments crisis has claimed its biggest scalp so far, with the club set to announce that CEO Ian Robson has resigned.

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Robson quits Essendon

Ian Robson.

Will Brodie and Jake Niall The Essendon supplements crisis has claimed its biggest scalp so far, with CEO Ian Robson resigning.

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Majak millions?

Majak Daw.

Jake Niall Majak Daw is out of contract and, as yet, there have been no significant talks between North Melbourne and his management.

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Dons close to Watson deal

Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson.

Jake Niall Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.

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Magpie Dwyer may be recruit of the year, says Maxwell

Geelong's Allen Christensen battles with Collingwood's Sam Dwyer at the MCG.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.

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I was whacked three times, says Scotland

Heath Scotland

Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences

Magpies' joy tempered by setbacks

Nathan Buckley.

Jake Niall Collingwood's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.

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Clubs split on review of bump rules

Ben Reid and Lindsay Thomas

Jake Niall Head clashes caused by a bump, such as in the contentious Lindsay Thomas-Ben Reid case, could be changed to bring a suspension, under a potential revision to the bumping rules.

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Victorian clubs eye off Suns midfielder Prestia

Dion Prestia.

Jake Niall Gold Coast seeking to retain one of its most established young midfielders, Dion Prestia, who is coming out of contract and is on the radar of some Victorian clubs.

Cotchin, Vickery back for Tigers

Trent Cotchin.

Jake Niall Richmond has confirmed that skipper Trent Cotchin should return to the side for Sunday's game against Melbourne.

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Happy Roughead extends contract

Hawthorn footballer Jarryd Roughead.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Hawthorn's versatile forward/utility becomes latest Hawk to commit for the long-term.

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Sore Hawkins not at risk: Scott

Tom Hawkins

Chloe Saltau and Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott insists that time out of the game won't help Tom Hawkins.

Classy Cats leaders of pack

Geelong's Joel Selwood is pushed off the ball by Essendon's Heath Hocking.

Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.

Poor ball usage cost us: Hird

Essendon's coach James Hird.

Jake Niall Essendon coach says Bombers did not use the ball well enough or convert opportunities against Geelong.