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.

The expendables: Where the Hawks have everyone covered

Jake Niall Almost every team with premiership aspirations has at least one player it can't do without. But Hawthorn?

Geelong drop Steven Motlop for drinking on Good Friday

Dropped: Steven Motlop.

Jake Niall Geelong’s star forward Steven Motlop has received a one-game suspension from the club for drinking on Good Friday, three days before the Cats played Hawthorn in the Easter Monday blockbuster.

Blues take 24 to Perth, consider ex-Bulldog

Jason Tutt as a Dog last year.

Jake Niall Carlton is considering promoting recruit Jason Tutt for his first senior game as a Blue, with the ex-Bulldog among the 24 players the club plans to take to Perth for Friday night's game against West...

Frawley and Clark raising the stakes for Hawks, Cats

The Hawks have been happy with James Frawley's quiet progress.

Jake Niall At some point we can bank on Mitch Clark and James Frawley standing side by side as opponents on Easter Monday.

Fine spooning: Why St Kilda has a mountain to climb

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall The Saints are favourite to win a second consecutive wooden spoon.

Dons will rise for Swans, let down danger for Hawks: Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd is confident a beleaguered Essendon can lift for its first game of the season.

Jake Niall Unburdened, Essendon will lift for its first game of the season, predicts former captain Matthew Lloyd, and have a real chance of upsetting Sydney.

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

Essendon coach James Hird and CEO Paul Little at Tuesday's media conference.

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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