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

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.

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

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...

AFL

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.

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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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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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.

AFL

Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

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Jake Niall Late in Mark Thompson's first year as senior coach at Geelong, his chairman of selectors - former Richmond premiership player, coach and president Barry Richardson - had a discussion with...

AFL

Riewoldt, Pavlich, Brown – take your pick

Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich and Jonathan Brown are still stars for their respective clubs, but which has had the better AFL career?

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Bryce Gibbs to re-sign with Carlton for up to five years

A cut abouve the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs and Carlton have committed to one another, with the free agent midfielder to sign a long-term contract of either four or five seasons.

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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.

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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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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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What's next for Jack Watts?

AFL Melbourne football club training session.Jack Watts 20th of March 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jake Niall He's 196cm, can run like a gazelle and kicks the ball beautifully. Yet, Jack Watts somehow became the poster boy for the failure of the Melbourne Football Club since he was drafted in 2008.

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Hawks look at three debutants

Ben McEvoy is set to make his Hawthorn debut.

Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team

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Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

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Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs is quite entitled to run his ruler over Carlton's offer and drafting strategy before deciding whether to stay.

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