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.

Giants move on key Saint

Jake Niall Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, who has been approached by the Giants about a possible move.

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Watts set to stay at Melbourne

Jack Watts

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility expected to stick with Demons.

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The campaign

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Jake Niall Richmond stopped searching for a messiah and put away old rivalries to find success.

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Lightning strikes twice, stuns Pies

Power point: Ollie Wines celebrates one of his two goals.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.

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Port takes 'enormous belief' from win over Pies

Port coach Ken Hinkley and Travis Boak are all smiles after the match.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide will take on Geelong next week expecting to perform well again.

Lions go after Worsfold

Eagles coach John Worsfold

Jake Niall and Brad Elborough The Brisbane Lions have confirmed that they will make a formal approach to John Worsfold to see if the departed West Coast coach is interested in pursuing the Lions' coaching position.

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Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

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Lions set to interview Neil Craig

Neil Craig

Jake Niall Brisbane Lions will interview Melbourne caretaker coach for coaching position this week.

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The actuarial logic of the Ross adjuster

Nick Riewoldt drops a mark under pressure.

Jake Niall St Kilda gives its retiring trio a fitting send-off by scoring a 71-point win over Fremantle.

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The quest is history

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Jake Niall Paul Roos has the chance to retrace some famous footsteps if he takes over at the Demons.

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Freo numbers game nearly didn't add up

Oh yeah: Nick Riewoldt and the retiring Jason Blake and Justin Koschitzke join in St Kilda celebrations.

Jake Niall Coach Ross Lyon admits it would ''be a different conversation'' had Cats lost to Lions.

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Reid to launch Supreme Court bid

Dr. Bruce Reid.

Jake Niall The AFL commission has ruled that the hearing into Dr Bruce Reid's case will be 'open' and heard by the public.

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Essendon warned on expulsion

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Bombers coach James Hird speaks to his players during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall The AFL made Essendon aware that the club could be stood down - removed from the competition immediately and taken out of the finals - before the club reached an agreement over the unprecedented...

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AFL lawyer slams James Hird's advocate

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jake Niall and Will Brodie The AFL’s senior lawyer in the Essendon case has accused James Hird’s high-profile advocate of undermining the ‘‘sincere apology’’ the coach made to the AFL Commission on Tuesday night.

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Link men

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Jake Niall In coming together to support the family of Merv Neagle, Essendon showed real club spirit.

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Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.

Hird may be willing to serve suspension - as long as it helps Dons

Hird will fight for Essendon's reputation (Thumbnail)

Jake Niall Essendon coach James Hird has indicated he would be willing to serve a suspension if it assisted the club in getting a better outcome from the AFL, but he said he wants to clear of "99 percent" of...

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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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