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.

Allowance to favour Swan youth

THUMB_SWANS

Jake Niall Every Sydney player who isn't paid more than $300,000 will receive a net payment of $10,000 next season and in 2016, under the AFL's new version of the cost of living allowance (COLA).

The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

AFL

Victorian clubs drowning as tidal wave of interstate clubs line up for premierships

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...

AFL

Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

Richmond's Nathan Foley is tackled by Sydney's Nick Malceski during Friday's round 14 match.

Jake Niall AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

AFL

Tom Hawkins the big difference - again

Tom Hawkins gets foot to ball before Michael Firrito can get in the way.

Jake Niall No key forward in the game has exerted as much influence on results this season as Tom Hawkins.

AFL

Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

Grant Birchall concedes the Swans were harder, bigger, better

Grant Birchall and Sydney's Sam Reid both make a grab for the ball.

Jake Niall Hawthorn's gun defender Grant Birchall has attributed the flag favourite's Friday evening defeat to the Swans being harder, bigger bodied and cleaner than the Hawks.

AFL

The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

AFL

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.

Comments 25

AFL

Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

AFL

Sydney's Franklin coup a terrible look for the AFL

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.

Comments 60

AFL

Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

AFL

AFL 2014: A higher level

Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

AFL

Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

AFL

Podsiadly becomes a Crow

James Podsiadly

Jake Niall Geelong's 2011 premiership key forward James Podsiadly is set to be confirmed as an Adelaide player as soon as today.

AFL

Revealed: Buddy Franklin to profit heavily in later years of mega-deal

Lance Franklin at the SCG on Wednesday.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Superstar forward's payments due to peak in the seventh and eighth seasons.

Comments 13

Football

Crucial move makes Rioli a trump card

Celebration: Cyril Rioli slots another goal.

Jake Niall Cyril Rioli was 'buggered' in the last quarter, when Alastair Clarkson made the game's most telling move, shifting the electric Cyril deeper into attack, where his jolts revived a flatlining team.

AFL

Swans have room for recruit

Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.

AFL

Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.