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.

Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

Hawthorn edges out Port Adelaide, sets up flag tilt with Sydney

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Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.

Paddy Ryder to confirm departure from Essendon

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Jake Niall Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will confirm his wish to seek a trade to another club, despite Essendon’s attempts to persuade him to stay and hope that the player would re-consider his position.

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

AFL

Dees skipper Nathan Jones confident of life after Roos

Nathan Jones is confident the Demons are building

Jake Niall On the eve of the Demons' historic home game against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs, Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones said he would have been ''extremely disappointed'' had the club not ushered in the...

DO NOT USE .... Port Power holds off determined challenge of emerging Demons

Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.

AFL

Port Adelaide survives scare to beat Melbourne by 20 points

Port Adelaide players celebrating the win.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.

AFL

ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

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Samantha Lane, Jake Niall A total of 34 notices will be issued to players, querying the use of the peptide thymosin.

AFL

Zaharakis among Essendon players off ASADA's hit list

David Zaharakis

Jake Niall David Zaharakis is among the minority of 2012 Essendon players who have not been issued with show-cause notices for potential use of Thymosin beta 4.

Dons' Goddard quandary

Brendon Goddard

Jake Niall Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.

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AFL

St Kilda's turn to go shopping

Josh Caddy.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

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The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

Clinton Young.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

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Frenzy was all tip and very little iceberg

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Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?

The new deal

Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.

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AFL

Reimers rejects Carlton, and the AFL

Kyle Reimers.

Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers, still just 23, has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.

AFL

Reimers gives Blues boot

Kyle Reimers.

Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.

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AFL

Players' long-term health to be monitored

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Jake Niall AFL is working with AFLPA to set up a system for monitoring the long-term health of Essendon players to ensure there are no issues arising from the club's supplements program.

AFL

Flick... Cats turn off the Power

Hands off: Geelong's Harry Taylor pushes past Angus Monfries.

Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.

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Bombers in chase for Goddard

Brendon Goddard: Bombers are keen.

Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.

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