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.

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Aboriginal issues: AFL takes a look

Dayle Garlett: Overlooked in the draft.

Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.

'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

Hawthorn edges out Port Adelaide, sets up flag tilt with Sydney

Hawthorn

Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.

Supplements saga: Bombers must change a bad game plan

Jake Niall

Jake Niall In September, there have been two complete and utter routs that were decided within 25 minutes.

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Paddy Ryder to confirm departure from Essendon

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will confirm his wish to seek a trade to another club, despite Essendon’s attempts to persuade him to stay and hope that the player would re-consider his position.

Paddy Ryder to meet Giants

Paddy Ryder is to meet with GWS.

Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.

Guy McKenna under pressure to keep Gold Coast job

Jake Niall The future of Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna is uncertain after the club board confirmed that it would review his position, with a decision on McKenna reached in the week after the grand final.

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

Selwood challenges decorated teammates to improve

Their season at an end, Geelong players trudge off the ground on Friday night.

Jake Niall Geelong captain Joel Selwood has challenged the club's decorated veterans, as much as the youngsters, to improve and take the club beyond the second week of the finals.

The Sydney dynasty beckons

Jake Niall dinkus Dinkus

Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

Lions ask AFL for $3m - for footy and debt

Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have requested $3 million from the AFL to enable them to fund their football operations and shore up their troubled finances.

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.

Scott Pendlebury a lone ranger as Magpies build from the ground up

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Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...

Magpies make a pitch for Mitch Clark

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood is among the clubs interested in Melbourne forward/ruckman Mitch Clark who is understood to favour a fresh start away from the Demons if he is to make his return to AFL football.

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North Melbourne coach says team primed for finals

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.

North tunes up with victory over improved Dees

Game plan: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott gives his Kangaroos instructions on how to stay on top of Melbourne.

Jake Niall If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.

St Kilda's desperate call from the war room

Jake Niall

Jake Niall Every week, a group of St Kilda officials gather in a window-less room in the football department which has become known to all as "The War Room".