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.

Swann takes top job at Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.

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Greg Swann appointed Brisbane CEO

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.

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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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Experience a must for next Demons coach

Jake Niall There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.

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Brendon Bolton, the man who will fill in for Alastair Clarkson

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Jake Niall The man who will be sitting in Alastair Clarkson’s seat for an indeterminate period, Brendon Bolton, was approached by St Kilda in early November after the Saints sacked Scott Watters and were...

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Blues axe veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes

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Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.

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Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.

Under the radar

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Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.

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Saving the season

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Jake Niall Two great finals have helped rescue Andrew Demetriou's annus horribilis.

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Belatedly, Blues lose defender

High point: Nick Duigan celebrates his fourth goal against Richmond in an elimination final this year.

Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.

Simpson's return to bolster Blues

Wonky: Kade Simpson is helped from the field after his collision with Sharrod Wellingham in round 15.

Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.

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Murphy steps up as a post-Judd leader

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Jake Niall Carlton coach Brett Ratten said he believes Marc Murphy has enhanced his future captaincy prospects by his performances in the absence of suspended skipper Chris Judd.

Sam I can

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Jake Niall He's an enigma in the AFL - too small, too slow they said. So why is Hawk Sam Mitchell so good?

Roos leap ahead, Blues just a hop away

Collingwood's Dale Thomas gets the jump on Kangaroo midfielder Jack Ziebell in their match at Etihad Stadium last night.

Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.

We want Cloke, says Judd

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Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.

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Doubts meant Blues kept Ratten on P-plates

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Jake Niall Carlton never treated Brett Ratten as a long-term coach. Ratten was on probation for his entire five years and six games as senior coach.

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Suns hire Primus as midfield coach

Matthew Primus

Jake Niall Matthew Primus has been announced as Gold Coast's new assistant coach today.

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A Giant move for Cameron?

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Leon Cameron is in Sydney today meeting with the Giants about a vacancy there.

Riley finds place in the Suns

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Jake Niall Carlton assistant set to replace new Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley on Gold Coast coaching panel.

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Blues cut back on coaches

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Jake Niall Mick Malthouse will coach with at least three, and possibly four, fewer coaches.