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.

AFL trades 2015: Collingwood wingman Paul Seedsman contemplates next move

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood wingman Paul Seedsman has gone on holidays to make a decision on his new football home, but is believed to have narrowed his choice to Adelaide or Gold Coast.

West Coast Eagles, Sydney Swans do Lewis Jetta deal

On the move: Lewis Jetta.

Jake Niall Sydney premiership player Lewis Jetta has been traded to the Eagles in a straight swap for West Coast's Callum Sinclair.

Harley Bennell joins Fremantle from Gold Coast

Done deal: Harley Bennell is a Docker.

Jake Niall Fremantle have acquired the troubled and talented Harley Bennell from Gold Coast for a pick swap in the first and second rounds of the draft.

Brisbane Lions fury at pick for Matthew Leuenberger, 'consider' matching Bombers

Matthew Leuenberger: Heading for the Bombers.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have criticised free agency compensation and say they are considering matching Essendon's contract offer for Matthew Leuenberger after learning they would receive pick...

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AFL trade period 2015: Patrick Dangerfield deal done

Man on the move: Patrick Dangerfield.

Jake Niall, Matt Murnane and Michael Gleeson A deal has been done to see Patrick Dangerfield from Adelaide to Geelong, with the Cats giving up picks nine, 28 and youngster Dean Gore.

Essendon to sign Lions' ruckman Matthew Leuenberger as free agent

Headed for Bombers: Lion Matthew Leuenberger.

Jake Niall Essendon will sign Brisbane Lions' ruckman Matthew Leuenberger as a free agent.

2015: The year fans failed footy

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Jake Niall The year AD 1 — one After Demetriou — was meant to be the Year of the Fan. Alas, it turned into a perverse reverse: the Year of Fan Failure.

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AFL trades 2015: Sinclair may be part of Jetta deal

AFL Sherrin

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sydney is pushing to secure Eagles grand final ruckman Callum Sinclair in a trade deal for Lewis Jetta, who wants to move to West Coast.

Adelaide and Geelong closing in on Patrick Dangerfield deal

Patrick Dangerfield: Bound for Geelong in a likely trade.

Jake Niall Geelong and Adelaide are advanced in talks that would see Patrick Dangerfield join the Cats via a trade in which they give up first and second round picks. 

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Brisbane Lions' James Aish asks for trade to Collingwood

James Aish wants to go to Collingwood.

Jake Niall Brisbane midfielder James Aish has asked the club for a trade to Collingwood, but the Lions say that they will make a stand and not grant Aish's wish to be traded to the Magpies.

AFL trade news: Western Bulldogs a new suitor for Hawthorn's Matt Suckling

Matt Suckling (left) has a strong relationship with Dogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have emerged as a potential new destination for Hawthorn premiership player and free agent Matt Suckling.

John Worsfold's first job as Essendon coach: get Matthew Leuenberger

Straight to work: New Essendon coach John Worsfold

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall On his first official day as new Essendon coach, John Worsfold rang Brisbane free agent Matthew Leuenberger to discuss a potential move to the Bombers.

Hawthorn's domination shows up the other clubs

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Jake Niall West Coast wasn't the only team that cannot have been happy with what happened on grand final weekend.

John Worsfold announced as new Essendon coach

The John Worsfold announcement is expected on Monday.

Jake Niall Essendon have appointed former West Coast premiership coach John Worsfold as their new senior coach for the next three years.

Hawthorn may face battle to re-sign Schoenmakers

Ryan Schoenmakers.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Hawthorn is facing a fight to keep popular forward Ryan Schoenmakers with clubs including the Sydney Swans already circling the key forward.

AFL grand final 2015: Four Hawthorn flags in a row?

Tug of war illustration for Jake Niall 
piece for the 2015 grand final

Jake Niall It's a measure of this incredible Hawthorn team that a discussion of whether they could manage a fourth consecutive flag was well underway before three-quarter time.

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AFL grand final 2015: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson sticks to a tried and true formula

Alastair Clarkson's selections have been a small surprise to many officials from rival clubs.

Jake Niall If Hawthorn remains faithful to the team selected and wins, it will be the oldest premier in VFL/AFL grand final history.

West Coast drug saga: ex-Eagles boss defends flag, backs Worsfold

Party time: West Coast celebrate the 2006 premiership.

Jake Niall West Coast's chairman of 2006 says the club's premiership that season was not tainted by the drug scandal and has backed John Worsfold as uniquely suited to take over as coach of Essendon.

How the Hawks were helped by losing their Buddy

Had the Hawks retained Buddy, as they initially wished, they would not have recruited Ben McEvoy or James Frawley.

Jake Niall Hawthorn wanted to keep Lance Franklin. In 2013, the Hawks offered Buddy a five year contract worth about $5m, a proposition that was rendered impotent by Sydney's doubling of that amount over...

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AFL grand final 2015: Why Brian Lake is a risky pick for Hawks

Brian Lake is an expert at reading the ball in flight but he will not give the Hawks much rebound or run.

Jake Niall Brian Lake will most likely line up deep in defence for Hawthorn in what could well be his final game for his second club.

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