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.

Lachie Henderson exit a 'troubling precedent'

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall and Larissa Nicholson The AFL players' union has expressed concern about the precedent created by Carlton's groundbreaking decision to have Lachie Henderson sit out the remainder of the season as the departing Blue called...

Brisbane Lions part ways with Jed Adcock

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Brisbane have officially parted ways with former captain Jed Adcock as reports of another player exodus continue to dog the club.

Lachie Henderson trade: Horses for courses when it comes to player movements

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Jake Niall If Lachie Henderson was playing for Hawthorn, it would be in neither party's interest for him to take an early holiday because he wanted to play for another club.

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Lachie Henderson set for Geelong after telling Carlton he wants a trade

Lachie Henderson

Jake Niall Carlton forward Lachie Henderson looks bound for Geelong after requesting a trade away from the struggling AFL club and will not play out the 2015 season.

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Why the Essendon coaching job is the one to take over Carlton

The end: James Hird addresses the media on Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Niall Warren Buffett, the world's richest investor, says it is better to buy a "wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price". Coaching candidates, take note.

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How and when James Hird's Essendon reign ended

James Hird leaves the press conference after announcing his resignation from Essendon.

Jake Niall James Hird went into last Saturday's game against Adelaide - which the dismal Dons would lose by 112 points - already knowing that the Essendon board was about to deliberate on whether to accept...

Essendon, James Hird part ways in AFL

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18:  James Hird cries as he talks to the media following his resignation as head coach of the Essendon Bombers AFL Football Club at True Vaule Solar Centre on August 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Essendon and senior coach James Hird have parted ways after his failure to arrest the Bombers' alarming slide down the AFL ladder.

The Essendon crisis: Club and senior coach James Hird part ways

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jake Niall Essendon are expected to announce they have parted company with senior coach James Hird, effective immediately.

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Adelaide Crows demolish James Hird's dismal Essendon

James Hird, coach of the Essendon .

Jake Niall Eddie Betts's five-goal haul has helped Adelaide thump a sorry Essendon by 112 points.

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Scott Burns, John Barker, Brendon Bolton make their case to Carlton coach selection panel

Scott Burns is on Carlton's shortlist.

Jake Niall Collingwood assistant coach and ex-captain Scott Burns was one of three candidates who made in-depth presentations to Carlton's coaching subcommittee on Thursday.

Why Collingwood want to move early on banned players

Jake Niall Collingwood are planning to redraft Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas this year and not in 2016 – despite the prospect of running two players short next year – to give the suspended pair an...

Todd Goldstein to test Brownlow Medal's mettle

How close will Todd Goldstein come to grabbing a Brownlow Medal?

Jake Niall If the Brownlow Medal has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the midfielders' fraternity for more than two decades, there is a ruckman who should at least challenge that positional monopoly, and give...

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The age old question

Shaun Edwards is making
an impact for Essendon.

Jake Niall The teams fielded by Essendon over the past month have differed greatly from the tired side that was sliding inexorably – and about to discover new depths – when they met the Tigers in a...

Chris Yarran, Troy Menzel dropped by Carlton

Dropped: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jake Niall Carlton has dropped talented pair Chris Yarran and Troy Menzel for failing to work hard on the field.

Why Essendon's new drug case is a harsher test

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Jake Niall The 34 players face a tougher trial compared to the decisive victory they enjoyed over a less resourced ASADA.


WADA finds 'abnormally' high TB4 levels in Essendon players


Jake Niall The World Anti-Doping Agency claims it has found abnormally high amounts of thymosin beta 4 – the substance Essendon players are accused of taking – in the frozen urine samples of two...

Clubs, AFL ready to fix 'ugly football'

Congestion around the ball is making the game of AFL ugly, according to many.

Jake Niall Congestion around the ball and high stoppage numbers - ugly football - will be a hot topic for a meeting of the18 clubs and the AFL on Wednesday.

Carlton v North Melbourne: Kangaroos win handsomely

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01:   Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during the round 18 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall This was a game that North Melbourne couldn't blow, and in which Carlton couldn't be blown apart. Both clubs satisfied those pass marks, despite the final score.

Sydney Swans' Adam Goodes thrust into key role in race relations history

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Jake Niall Adam Goodes has become a political football in a discussion of race relations. It is not a role he sought, any more than he invited the mindless booing that prompted his withdrawal from this...

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Richmond Tigers interested in Carlton's Chris Yarran

In the eye of the Tigers: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Richmond has expressed interest in Carlton's talented flanker Chris Yarran, who is expected to figure in end of season trade discussions.