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.

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Magpies not in hunt for James Frawley

Top defender: James Frawley.

Jake Niall Collingwood, widely speculated to be among the leading contenders for Melbourne's James Frawley, is not in the hunt for the free agent defender.

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Hawks edge Swans after a gripping contest

Close combatants: Josh Gibson and Lance Franklin.

Jake Niall In a season supposedly beset with underwhelming footy, Hawthorn and Sydney produced what was surely the season's highest calibre game, in a contest between teams that will surely meet again at the...

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AFL's Sunday twilight zone a no-man's land

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Jake Niall Season 2014 has been blighted by the fall-out from two failed experiments. One, obviously, is Essendon's pharmacological foray The other, less reckless but still costly ''experiment'', was the AFL's...

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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St Kilda runs into a 'perfect storm'

When the Saints were last on
the bottom they had strong
existing talent such as a midcareer
Robert Harvey.

Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.

Saints may trade their top pick

St Kilda’s head of football Chris Pelchen.

Jake Niall St Kilda will consider trading the first pick in the national draft if it finishes on the bottom, as the club explores all avenues available to rebuild the playing list and bring success.

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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 may pick up on Gaelic rule to cut congestion

Gaelic football

Jake Niall The ''Gaelic football rule'' that means a player cannot grab the ball if he is on the ground received some support from AFL coaches who met over dinner with AFL bosses Gillon McLachlan and Mike...

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Fremantle strangles the Dees

Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers and Max Gawn of the Demons compete for the ball.

Jake Niall This Darwinian struggle between Demons and Dockers was about survival, not of the fittest, but of the most miserly. The winner would be the one who yielded the least.

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Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

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Dunstall or Jeans - Hawthorn's tough call

Legend material: Jason Dunstall.

Jake Niall Hawthorn has faced tough choices in the past: Glenferrie or Waverley, an untried Alastair Clarkson or a seasoned Gary Ayres, Tasmania or Melbourne only.

Troy Menzel tops uncontracted list for Blues

Target: Troy Menzel is one of Carlton's most exciting players.

Jake Niall Carlton’s Troy Menzel will chat about a new contract with the Blues later this year, with the exciting youngster the clear priority signing from a list of several Carlton players who are coming...

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The public has spoken: we don't like AFL on Mondays

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the league plans to have

Jake Niall The AFL has confirmed it is expecting to fixture six Thursday night games in 2015, with Monday nights abandoned and the precarious future of Sunday nights still to be determined.

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Victorian clubs drowning as tidal wave of interstate clubs line up for premierships

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall To comprehend the dimensions of the tidal wave that is approaching Victorian clubs, consider this question: Which four or five clubs would be most confident of winning a premiership within the next...

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Tigers eye midfielders, forward in draft

James Frawley is unlikely to pursued by the Tigers.

Jake Niall Richmond has prioritised quality midfielders and a key forward in the draft and is not expected to pursue Melbourne free agent defender James Frawley.

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Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

Richmond's Nathan Foley is tackled by Sydney's Nick Malceski during Friday's round 14 match.

Jake Niall AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.