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.


Why the Saints need Dal Santo

On the ball: Nick Dal Santo of the Saints.

Jake Niall Nick Dal Santo has always been a player whom opposition clubs watched closely.

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AFL contacts Dank to get him talking


Jake Niall Sports scientist asks AFL to put the request in writing and to provide details.


The least shall be first


Jake Niall Favourite son or long-apprenticed assistant coach, who would you want your club to select?

Buckley's big gambles produce mixed results

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley addresses his troops at quarter-time.

Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.


Buckley mum on Elliott-Koschitzke incident

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declined to be drawn on the incident in which his small forward Jamie Elliott was collected by Justin Koschitzke.


Demetriou calls Essendon sponsor

Andrew Demetriou.

Jake Niall AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou phoned Essendon's major sponsor Kia to support the club in the wake of the supplements scandal.


The life of Brian: Hawks have seen a different Lake


Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.

Blues find winning form

Perched nicely: Carlton's Chris Yarran climbs on the back of Adelaide defender Ben Rutten at the MCG.

Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.


Essendon find bill for banned drug

Syringe, Pill, Capsule.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Jake Niall Essendon Football Club has discovered in its records an invoice for the banned performance-enhancing supplement Hexarelin.


Richmond moves on contracts

Dustin Martin.

Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...


Collingwood re-signs Elliott, Witts

Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.


One illicit drug lifeline looms under crackdown

Generic drugs in sport

Jake Niall AFL's likely crackdown on self-reporting loophole for illicit drug use will be to restrict players to just one lifeline per career under its revised drugs code.

'Moral' defence still stands

Matt Finnis

Jake Niall Players who might have taken anti-obesity drug AOD9604 can still argue that they were in a ''unique position'' and following directives.


Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.


Daw Roo blue


Jake Niall There have been few more anticipated debuts than Majak Daw's and few with more expectation.

Full squad to take the Saints into a 'new frontier'

Saints coach Scott Watters

Jake Niall Facing the major challenge of a five-day break before a historic Anzac Day game in New Zealand, St Kilda is preparing for the prospect of 26 to 28 players in its back-to-back games against Essendon...

Drugs in AFL

AFLPA runs check on supplements

Generic drugs in sport

Jake Niall Association in a bid to help protect Essendon players from any possible health risks.

Catch-up Blues fall shy

At a stretch: Geelong forward Paul Chapman (left) and Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs battle for the ball during the Cats' victory.

Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.

Protected species


Jake Niall After the most stirring of wins over Fremantle, James Hird has bought himself more time.


Kreuzer, Varcoe to miss lengthy chunks of the season

Jake Niall Carlton and Geelong have suffered significant injury blows in their round three encounter, with key players Matthew Kreuzer and Travis Varcoe set to miss lengthy chunks of the season.