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.

Secret report finds Essendon's drugs record-keeping was 'deplorable'

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."

The Essendon verdict: the inside story of the anti-doping tribunal hearing

James Hird arrives at the club's headquarters after the verdict on Tuesday.

Jake Niall Whatever the Essendon players took in 2012, they took the points when they were cleared by the AFL anti-doping tribunal. Here's what happened inside the courtroom.

Why the game needs the Tigers roaring

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall The game didn't particularly need Richmond to succeed in 1987, 1997, or 2007.

Reasons for Dons verdict to be in-house

The seemingly never-ending supplements saga has spread into the 2015 NAB Challenge.

Jake Niall The AFL's doping tribunal will not release to the public the reasons for its judgment in the Essendon case when it hands down a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.

Former Essendon player plans to take legal action against AFL, Bombers


Jake Niall The former Essendon player is planning to take legal action against the AFL and the Essendon Football Club.

Best bets for the 2015 AFL season

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Jake Niall There is no longer such thing as a "safe bet" if you are an AFL player or official.

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Collingwood recruit being probed over bet made last season

New Magpie Jack Crisp in action last weekend.

Jake Niall Collingwood recruit Jack Crisp is being investigated by the AFL for a bet made early last season when he was a Brisbane Lions player.

Ryan Crowley case held up by Essendon tribunal

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane While the verdict for the 2012 Essendon-ASADA case will be handed down on March 31, the parties are prepared for the prospect that players might not receive penalties until after round one if they...

Western Bulldogs player embroiled in betting investigation

A suburban footballer was racially abused during a match on Saturday.

Jake Niall A Western Bulldogs player is under investigation by the AFL for betting on football.

Astbury back, Tigers near full strength

Astbury, who torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee back in round nine of last year, will play his first game at senior level.

Jake Niall Richmond defender David Astbury is expected to make his return from a knee reconstruction this weekend, having been named in the squad to play North Melbourne in Saturday's NAB Challenge.

Blues get recruiting hand from the Boston Red Sox

Jake Niall Carlton, in the midst of revamping their recruiting, have received some assistance from the recruiting department of storied American baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.

Blues receive five-figure cash advance from AFL

Jake Niall Carlton's tight finances compelled the club to receive AFL assistance in February, with the Blues having received a five figure advance from their annual AFL distribution.

AFL floats possibility of small penalty if Dons guilty, but ASADA stays silent

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jake Niall The AFL suggested to the special doping tribunal that ex or current Essendon players should receive a light match-based suspension if they were found guilty of taking a banned substance.

Essendon to be 'topped up' with up to 14 players for NAB Challenge clash

Dyson Heppell.

Jake Niall Essendon are expected to field a team with 13 or 14 top-up players – a narrow majority or exactly half the side – for their NAB Challenge game against St Kilda on Saturday.

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Seven's Lethal call a mistake – the AFL great should stay on Friday nights

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Jake Niall Leigh Matthews is the most authoritative voice in football.

Bombers unsure on James Hird's legal fight

Essendon chairman Paul Little said he believed Hird was still undecided.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall Essendon say they do not know whether senior coach James Hird will continue his legal battle with ASADA at the High Court.

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Recruiting boss Shane Rogers quits Blues

Carlton's general manager of football operations Andrew McKay and national recruiting manager Shane Rogers.

Jake Niall Carlton's head of recruiting Shane Rogers has quit the club on the eve of the 2015 season, a matter of months after signing a new contract.

Hawthorn, Sydney, Port Adelaide head the pack: Geelong coach Chris Scott

Chris Scott says the gap between third and the fifth and sixth sides has closed in

Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott agrees that Hawthorn, Sydney and Port Adelaide deserve to be rated slightly ahead of the pack in this year's premiership race, but says the Cats can still contend for the...

Push to block top six from signing free agents

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Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The top six teams each year should be precluded from signing a free agent unless they were to lose a free agent, according to veteran football manager Geoff Walsh.

Chris Scott's Geelong continue to prove a mystery within a riddle

Chris Scott's balancing act is a product of the club's circumstances.

Jake Niall Chris Scott knows what everyone wants to know about Geelong. He didn't need to be asked.