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.

Hawthorn thump lamentable Melbourne by 105 points

Jake Niall Hawthorn warmed up for their grand final rematch by cruising to a 105-point victory over Melbourne, inflicting Paul Roos' biggest loss as an AFL coach

North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs have Friday nights on their mind

Where's the reward? North Melbourne has gotten little Friday love from the AFL in 2015.

Jake Niall North Melbourne, the pioneer of Friday night football, will be seen in that coveted time slot only twice in 2015, despite finishing fourth.

Father-sons deemed outside spending cap

Carlton is establishing its first father-son academy and is seeking to persuade Bailey Rice, the son of Dean Rice, to join the Blues.

Jake Niall The AFL has confirmed that father-son academies will be outside the spending cap on football departments, with Carlton establishing its first father-son academy.

WADA appeal: Doubt on witnesses for new Essendon hearing

Essendon coach James Hird at the Bombers’ recovery session at St Kilda on Tuesday.

Jake Niall and John Silvester The World Anti-Doping Agency is unlikely to be able to force key witnesses to testify in the fresh hearing into the Essendon case, after the WADA appeal blindsided the Bombers and the players.

AFL players need a balanced life

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Jake Niall In their premiership year of 1996, it wasn't unusual for the North Melbourne boys to discuss their post-game social arrangements in the last quarter.

Mitch Clark dealing with ongoing mental health issues: Chris Scott

Feeling down: Geelong captain Joel Selwood falls to the ground after injuring his right hand.

Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott has confirmed forward Mitch Clark was dealing with ongoing mental health issues, when he appeared dejected and didn't join in the team song after Friday night's win over...

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley says they failed to play well as a team

A preoccupied Nathan Buckley leaves after speaking to his team during a break in Friday's game.

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies ''lost shape'' and did not play well as a team when jumped by Geelong in their 41-point loss on Friday night.

Resurgent Geelong burst Collingwood's bubble

Take that: Geelong’s forward livewire Steven Motlop celebrates a goal as Magpie defenders Dane Swan and Nathan Brown look on.

Jake Niall Few games between sides that sit in the competition's vast middle class have been decided as swiftly as this one between an energised Geelong and a shellshocked Collingwood.

AFL concern about arm pinning and head ducking

Footy boss Mark Evans.

Jake Niall The AFL umpiring department has raised concerns about players' arms being pinned in tackles and the continued ducking of heads, in a meeting with the laws of the game committee.

Mick's way: Gibbs and mates will avoid axe

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs was far from the only player who let down club and coach, but his output was probably the worst of all when measured against his high capabilities.

AFL must cash in on soccer rip-off

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Jake Niall Next to my local high school, there's a large public space, twice the size of two footy grounds, where the kids gather during their breaks.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says team still has a long way to go

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley speaks to his players during a break in the game.

Jake Niall A victorious Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared that his emerging team ''has a long way to go'' in 2015 despite the major steps they have taken early this season.

Collingwood hammer Carlton, spoil Mick Malthouse's big night

Zach Tuohy of the Blues is tackled by Collingwood's Brodie Grundy and Travis Varcoe.

Jake Niall On an evening when the achievements of a long-serving coach were celebrated, Carlton and Collingwood reminded all that results are almost entirely shaped by the talent of players, rather than coaches.

McGuire wants Malthouse to be 'Collingwood man' once again

Jake Niall Eddie McGuire wants Mick Malthouse to 'eventually' come back to Collingwood

Magpies keeping Jamie Elliott's feet on the ground

Top seller: Jamie Elliott is king of the kids.

Jake Niall Jamie Elliott sells more merchandise than any other Collingwood player. The Magpies have confirmed that are more no 5s requested for the backs of black and white jumpers than Scott Pendlebury's no 10...

Mick Malthouse airs his views to AFL Commission for the first time

Jake Niall On the eve of becoming the AFL coaching games record-holder, Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has addressed the AFL Commission for the first time, giving the AFL hierarchy insights into his career and...

Why Joel Selwood is the game's number one

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Jake Niall As of round four 2015, Joel Selwood is the game's most influential player.

Collingwood's grit sees them through to victory over Essendon

On song: The Magpies  celebrate yet another rousing Anzac Day victory over the Bombers.

Jake Niall This particular Anzac Day wasn't an exceptional spectacle. The pre-game routines were exactly that.

What Tigers, Dees need for Anzac eve fixture

Tyrone Vickery at Richmond training this week.

Jake Niall If enough people want it, Richmond could get a regular fixture with Melbourne on the eve of Anzac Day.

Stop stargazing Tigers

Richmond at training this week.

Jake Niall The loss of Deledio can be a catalyst for a better Richmond