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

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.

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.

AFL

North needs boost beyond Boom times

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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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Grassroots: What the new AFL boss should stand for

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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AFL

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.

AFL

AFL draftees at top of private school class

Back row (from left: Matt Scharenberg, Christian Salem (Brighton Grammar), Kade Kolodjashnij, Nathan Freeman (Haileybury), James Aish
(Concordia College). Front row: Jack Billings (Scotch College), Tom Boyd (Luther College), Josh Kelly (Brighton Grammar), Marcus Bontempelli (Marcellin).

Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.

AFL

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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AFL

'Get Demetriou' a new sport that is hurting Bombers

Andrew Demetriou.

Jake Niall Those acting in Hird's supposed interests aren't doing him, or the recovering Bombers, any favours.

AFL

The most divisive year since 1996

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Jake Niall The year of 2013 is the worst season that the AFL has endured in terms of image.

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AFL

A bridge too far?

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

AFL

Matt Finnis tipped for St Kilda CEO job

Matt Finnis.

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

AFL

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.

AFL

Coalition of the ready and able

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Jake Niall The AFL is seeking a better relationship with this Liberal regime than it had with the last one.

Football

Lions to post loss of more than $2 million

Brisbane Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions are set to post a loss of more than $2 million for the 2012 year.

Adelaide not feeling blue after winning a lenient penalty

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Jake Niall In comparison to what happened to the last club to be convicted of salary cap rorts, Adelaide has been treated leniently by the AFL.

Cricket - dropped, kicked

Jake Niall Football remaining in the headlines beyond grand final day is proving detrimental to summer sport.

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AFL

Alcohol is enemy No.1, says expert

mcj010223.002.002 The Age, Picture by Michael Clayton-Jones, Melbourne.   Essendon supporters take advantage of half price happy hour before the Geelong vs Essendon match at Colonial Stadium.

Jake Niall Booze problem among players needs to be addressd before drug problem.