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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Andrew Demetriou got three-year incentive bonus

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou

Jake Niall Andrew Demetriou had to remain in his position for 2010, 2011 and 2012 to receive his $2 million bonus.

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Grassroots: What the new AFL boss should stand for

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Jake Niall The crowds are down. The prices are up. The hotdogs cost as much as Joe Hockey's medicare co-payment.

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Winners and losers in AFL equalisation plan

Jake Niall The poor win. The middle grumble about taxes. The rich remain so. The players get a fairer shake.

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Seven argues for afternoon timeslot for Good Friday football

Andrew Demetriou said Good Friday football could be played outside of Victoria.

Jake Niall Good Friday football in 2015 would be played in the afternoon if Channel Seven had its way, but the AFL has suggested that it might be preferable at night.

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A bridge too far?

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Jake Niall The success of Franklin in Sydney will be measured in more than just wins and losses.

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Matt Finnis tipped for St Kilda CEO job

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Jake Niall St Kilda is expected to appoint AFL Players Association boss Matt Finnis as its new chief executive.

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Successor faces bigger challenges

Gillon McLachlan.

Jake Niall Whether the next chief is Gillon McLachlan or an outsider, that person has some big shoes to fill.

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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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North needs boost beyond Boom times

Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

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No rift with Hird, says Evans

Getting on with the job: Essendon chairman David Evans on Friday night.

Jake Niall Essendon chairman tells pre-match club function he's supported by board.

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Hawks feast on Bombers

Essendon's Michael Hibberd makes a grab for Hawthorn's Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.

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Scandal took its toll on Evans

David Evans

Jake Niall The resignation of David Evans as chairman of the Essendon Football Club was the result of the enormous personal toll that the club's supplement scandal took on him, as he finally found himself...

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Dank used Pies as bait for Bombers' peptides program: key witness

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Jake Niall, John Silvester The sports scientist at the centre of the Essendon drug scandal, Stephen Dank, used an unfounded allegation about Collingwood using banned drugs to pressure coach James Hird to authorise the...

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Pies, the source?

Stephen Dank.

Jake Niall and John Silvester Key witness says Stephen Dank used Collingwood claims to manipulate James Hird.

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The plain truth

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Jake Niall An unvarnished ASADA report, a club hanging tough – now the lawyers are set to take centre stage.

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Lions seek cash for salary cap

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

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Bombers to be charged next week

James Hird.

Jake Niall Expect Essendon to be charged early next week. For the AFL, that's just in the nick of time, as the finals deadline beckons.

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The return flight

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Jake Niall Windy Hill leaders would do well to learn from West Coast's experiences of righting its culture.