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

Melbourne's 1948 VFL premiership flag recovered after eBay shock

Patrick Hatch and Jake Niall A missing 1948 VFL premiership flag has been recovered after a joint investigation by Victorian and NSW police. 

Football

Tigers and Hawks kiss VFL break goodbye

Damien Hardwick and Alastair Clarkson

Jake Niall Richmond and Hawthorn have organised a 'scratch match' for their reserves today.

The two changes the Hawks should make

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Jake Niall The logical selection for Hawthorn would to add Rioli and McEvoy at the expense of Simpkin and Ceglar.

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Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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Magpie fan donates $1.5 million memorabilia collection

Two Brownlow medals.(left to right) 1939 Marcus Whelan and 1972 Len Thompson.

Jake Niall A mystery benefactor has donated $1.5 million worth of memorabilia to Collingwood – a collection that includes the Brownlow Medal the late Len Thompson sold for his children's sake.

Blues up ante on Jarrad Waite

Jarrad Waite.

Jake Niall Carlton has increased its offer to key forward Jarrad Waite, with a Paul Chapman-style deal now on the table.

Griffiths opts to stay at Tigerland

Ben Griffiths has had a breakout season.

Jake Niall Richmond's vastly improved key forward Ben Griffiths will remain at Tigerland, spurning offers from rival clubs to sign with the Tigers.

AFL

Garlett, Robinson need to win back trust: Carlton

Blue times: Mick Malthouse with Mitch Robinson.

Jake Niall Carlton pair Mitch Robinson and Jeff Garlett will have to win the trust of their team mates before the club considers offering them contracts for next year.

AFL

Magpies ring up the changes for Adelaide clash

Nathan Buckley is looking forward to the challenge of the final few weeks of the season.

Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon It was apt, and perhaps pointed, that Nathan Buckley didn't say anything headline-worthy on Wednesday.

AFL

Probe on Dees '48 flag eBay sale

Essendon v Melbourne in 1941.

Jake Niall An item advertised as Melbourne's famous 1948 premiership flag has been put on sale on eBay, in a development that is being investigated by the police and the AFL.

Hawks recall Josh Gibson

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Hawthorn has brought back gun defender Josh Gibson, key midfielder Brad Hill and introduced Alex Woodward for his first game for Saturday night's massive showdown with premiership favourites Sydney.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley blunders on Maxwell, Keeffe

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Jake Niall Nathan Buckley has rightly put his players on notice for what was probably the low water mark for Collingwood since he succeeded Mick Malthouse.

AFL

Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

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Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.

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AFL

The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

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Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

AFL

How Gibson engineered an unlikely career

Sam Gibson

Jake Niall Before he played in the AFL, Sam Gibson worked full-time as a civil engineer, a career he was willing to forsake for a risky rookie-list spot at North Melbourne.

AFL

Brad Scott calls North's early effort 'appalling'

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott speaks to Brent Harvey at quarter-time.

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach says the Roos cannot console themselves that they finished strongly to lose by 20 points.

If you want the job of Carlton CEO - apply here

Carlton's next CEO?

Jake Niall The Carlton Football Club invites applications for the position of chief executive officer of the game's most successful club.

AFL

AFL to hold draft for Foxtel reality TV show The Recruit

The show will be hosted by former Brisbane champion and coach Michael Voss.

Jake Niall The AFL has arranged an official draft meeting in September for a reality television program in which the winner is guaranteed a spot on a club's rookie list.

AFL

Collingwood's Marley Williams avoids jail on grievous bodily harm charge

Marley Williams.

Jake Niall Collingwood young gun Marley Williams has avoided jail after being convicted of grievous bodily harm for breaking a man's jaw in a brutal one-punch attack outside a nightclub in Western Australia.

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AFL

Brian Lake ready to play for Hawks, Ryan Schoenmakers also

Back in action: Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn appears poised to regain Brian Lake, the player it missed so badly against Geelong, and will consider selecting another tall back, Ryan Schoenmakers, for Sunday's clash with Richmond.