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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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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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.

How the mad as hell Tigers started winning run

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.

Jake Niall ''I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more'' – Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the 1976 classic, Network.

Why Jonathon Patton's injury hurts Victorian clubs

Hot property: Greater Western Sydney star Jonathon Patton.

Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.

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Tank-fully, all teams will be trying hard this year

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Jake Niall In years past, a round 20 game between two near bottom teams would be watched for unusual selections and experimental placements.

Father-son drafting shake-up in the wings

Darcy Moore is a highly-rated prospect who would be affected by any rule change.

Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.

Time for Blues to ditch Mitch

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Jake Niall Mitch Robinson should not remain at Carlton next year. Robinson is still out of contract, with talks on hold. If there is a taker, as there surely will be, the Blues should expedite the trade.

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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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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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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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The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

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Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

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

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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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Inside the world of Liam Jurrah

An inmate from the Bombers marks the ball against an inmate from the Swans team during a Scratch Match at Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

Jake Niall Halfway through a 12-week jail stint, the former Demon talks about life on the inside and reveals that he still has some hope of a return to the AFL, although he knows "it will be tough".

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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.

Mark Brayshaw to run AFL Coaches Association

Mark Brayshaw.

Jake Niall North Melbourne board member Mark Brayshaw is expected to be appointed interim chief executive of the AFL Coaches Association, replacing Danny Frawley.

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.