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.

Pie Scharenberg already up and running

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Jake Niall Collingwood's star-crossed boom youngster from last year, Matthew Scharenberg, is already back running and is "on track" in his recovery from his late-season knee injury.

Carlton and the culture club

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Jake Niall A few weeks ago, a pair of brothers who run a Clifton Hill cafe received second-hand word that "Jeremy Cameron is coming to Carlton when he comes out of contract at the Giants."

AFL looking at trading of future draft picks

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Jake Niall The AFL will seriously consider allowing clubs to trade future draft picks - adopting a model from American sports - with a number of clubs and influential figures in favour of the right to trade...

How the Demons blundered on young co-captains

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Jake Niall When Melbourne considered its captaincy options prior to the 2012 season, the club had so little confidence in the leadership capacity of its senior players that it made a radical decision that...

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Carlton says list management needs upgrade

Carlton captain Marc Murphy leads his team off the field.

Jake Niall Carlton has acknowledged its list management has not been up to scratch.

After the diaspora, Royboys rule the AFL

West Coast 2006 premiership.

Jake Niall West Coast of 2005-2007 had everything: more money than a club could ever spend, a waiting list for sponsors and members, facilities and untold fans, who, for a long time, refused to believe their...

Essendon supplements saga: 34 players hit with infraction notices


Jake Niall Infraction notices have landed for the 34 current and and former Essendon players who will face AFL tribunal charges of the use of banned peptide thymosin beta-4.

Infraction notices imminent for Essendon players, hearings to follow

The ADRVP has placed the players on the register of findings.

Jake Niall Current and former Essendon players have been placed on the register of findings by an anti-doping panel, with the AFL expected to take the next step and issue infraction notices against those 34...

ASADA, not AFL, to lead case v Bombers

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Jake Niall The AFL has decided that ASADA will prosecute any doping cases against Essendon players at the AFL tribunal, instead of having AFL-appointed prosecutors.

Saints knocked back two for pick No. 1

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Jake Niall St Kilda spurned a Greater Western Sydney offer in which the Saints would have received picks 4 and 7 in the national draft in exchange for pick no 1.

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Bold Dogs put money down with reckless Tom Boyd gamble

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Jake Niall The mega contract for Tom Boyd is really the bastard son of the Buddy Franklin deal from 12 months earlier.

We're lucky Stevie J didn't become a Giant

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Jake Niall "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson

Paddy Ryder, Adam Cooney deal done by Essendon, Port Adelaide and Bulldogs

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall A deal involving Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney has delivered Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide.

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AFL trade news: Paddy Ryder standoff to continue into final day

Fresh negotiations: Paddy Ryder.

Emma Quayle, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson The Patrick Ryder impasse remained unresolved on Wednesday night, after a mediation session failed to result in a deal between Essendon and Port Adelaide.

Tom Boyd backflip: Dogs to tip in nearly $1m towards Ryan Griffen's Giant deal

Tom Boyd.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle In the most dramatic day of action in the history of the draft and trading system Tom Boyd has become a Bulldog on unprecedented terms in exchange for the Dogs captain Ryan Griffen.

Blockbuster deal for Tom Boyd and Ryan Griffen done

The Giants are refusing to release Tom Boyd.

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson A blockbuster deal in which Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen would be traded for Greater Western Sydney's Tom Boyd is looking increasingly likely.

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Essendon and Port Adelaide in mediation over Patrick Ryder trade

The Paddy Ryder impasse continues to drag on.

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle Essendon and Port Adelaide have gone into formal mediation, as the impasse over Paddy Ryder continued for a ninth day.

Kristian Jaksch, Mark Whiley join Carlton in trade from GWS

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Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall The sudden burst of trading action on Wednesday has continued with Carlton lodging its trade deal to secure the Giants' Kristian Jaksch.

Mega trade of Dayne Beams, Mitch Clark, Travis Varcoe, Heritier Lumumba and Levi Greenwood complete

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Jake Niall Dayne Beams thanked Collingwood for giving him the opportunity to live his "dream" but insisted the shift to the Brisbane Lions was for the best, after confirmation finally came that he was part of a...

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Why the Giants can't give the Dogs their Boy(d)

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Jake Niall Ryan Griffen's request for a trade detonated a bomb at Whitten Oval, in which the coach was the major casualty.

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