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 needs to stop the boats – and cradle snatching

Jake Niall Nathan Freeman's exit from Collingwood seemed remarkable, in that he's an early draft pick leaving a powerful Melbourne club for an impecunious one lower down the ladder without having played a...

Saints believe future picks can help land Nathan Freeman, Jake Carlisle

Jake Carlisle has quit the Bombers.

Jake Niall St Kilda believes the new future draft picks could help the club to land both Collingwood youngster Nathan Freeman and Essendon's Jake Carlisle, if the Bomber nominates St Kilda as his preferred...

Western Bulldogs bring in AFL to investigate 'leak' to Adelaide Crows

Bob Murphy

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle The Western Bulldogs have asked the AFL to investigate the alleged leaking of sensitive game-day information to Adelaide in the elimination final.

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Crows to play hardball on Danger's deal


Jake Niall Adelaide, from top down, is vowing to force a trade with Geelong for free agent Paddy Dangerfield

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The fans' new fantasy

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Don't worry if your team can't win. You can dream up a new team.

AFL trades: Chris Yarran set to leave Blues

AFL Sherrin

Jake Niall Chris Yarran and Carlton have an understanding that he will seek a trade to another club at the upcoming exchange period.

AFL finals 2015: Why the AFL may barrack for Sydney, not North Melbourne

Jake Niall While relations between the AFL and the Swans have been strained on occasion lately, the league has reason to wish that John Longmire's patched-up side can overcome his old club this...

The skipper who stands up - Phil Walsh's legacy

One of the gang: Crows skipper Taylor Walker poses with fans.

Jake Niall When Taylor Walker was made Adelaide's captain over summer, eyebrows were elevated and there was the odd snigger.

Chris Yarran a no-show at Carlton best-and-fairest count

Chris Yarran is not in Melbourne.

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Carlton star Chris Yarran is not attending the Blues' best-and-fairest count on Thursday night.

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Tigers to weigh up Harley Bennell, Dees and Roos won't

Being pursued: Harley Bennell of the Gold Coast Suns.

Jake Niall Richmond will investigate whether the discarded Gold Coast midfielder Harley Bennell is worth pursuing, but Melbourne has ruled out pursuing the strife-prone young star.

AFL warns clubs on shady deals

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall The AFL has written to all clubs warning them about salary cap rorts and under the table deals on the eve of the trading season.

Magpies beaten as Giant makes Crow call

Crow call: Giant Curtly Hampton has nominated Adelaide as his club of choice.

Jake Niall Talented young Giant Curtly Hampton has nominated Adelaide ahead of Collingwood as his preferred destination after requesting a trade.

Bombers meet Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith

On the Bombers' radar: Zac Smith (right).

Jake Niall Essendon is meeting Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith this week, as the Bombers seek to bring in a ruckman in the forthcoming trade period.

AFL finals 2015: Betts and Tex get the Crows home

Eddie Betts, Rory Sloane and Riley Knight of the Crows celebrate a goal.

Jake Niall  In his last game for Carlton, Eddie Betts booted three goals and played a crucial role in a violent momentum swing that enabled his team to overcome an initial deficit in an elimination final...

Collingwood cooling on Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer

Jake Niall Collingwood are believed to have cooled on the prospect of signing Matthew Kreuzer as a free agent, as the Carlton ruckman weighs up his future.

AFL finals 2015: Richmond take the 'boring' route to success

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall In another season of underwhelming crowds, Richmond and North Melbourne will provide a day of atonement

Operation Nic Nat: how the Hawks have to stop Naitanui

The extraordinary athleticism of Nic Naitanui is the single greatest obstacle to Hawthorn on Friday.

Jake Niall Nic Naitanui is Hawthorn's greatest threat. What are the Hawks planning to do about him?

AFL Trade News: Adam Treloar wants to go to Collingwood

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Giants star midfielder Adam Treloar has told the club he wants to be traded to is Collingwood.

Trades galore as Adam Treloar seeks to become a Magpie

Adam Treloar is understood to have received a six-year contract offer of close to $700,000 a year from Collingwood.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Giants star midfielder Adam Treloar has told the club he wants to be traded to Collingwood in a deal that could potentially also include the skilful running player Curtly Hampton moving to the...

Luke Hodge should give up Hawthorn captaincy for 2016

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Jake Niall Luke Hodge should hand over the Hawks' leadership at season's end.

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