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.

Hawks break records ... and the Saints

Jake Niall What's the difference between Hawthorn and St Kilda? We could say that one team stayed in Tasmania and the other left; that one has far better stadium arrangements, and that, consequently, one has...


Ruthless Hawks give St Kilda a football education

Saints v Hawks

Jake Niall Hawthorn destroyed St Kilda by a record 145 points, but lost stars Sam Mitchell and Brian Lake to injury at the MCG.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.


Playing to win - the new football workplace

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.


Saints and Demons head for heaven or hell

Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.

Officer class, but Riewoldt needs captain in waiting


Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.

Judgment day

Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.


I was whacked three times, says Scotland

Heath Scotland

Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences

Saints in talks with Montagna over contract

Leigh Montagna

Jake Niall St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.

No returning to Never Never Land


Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.

Hayes' heart 'corrected'

Lenny Hayes.

Jake Niall Club says surgery will have no bearing on his ability to play next season.

The final insult

Collingwood v Geelong

Jake Niall The AFL's stance on moral issues falls flat when it comes to grand final ticketing.

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Why brown and gold is the new black

Hawks superstar Buddy Franklin prepares to run through the banner

Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.

Saints fan, look away now...

Sacrificial Saint: Nick Dal Santo is a player with currency who could help give the club a strong hand in the draft.

Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.

Welcome back, Lenny

Lenny Hayes at St Kilda training

Jake Niall When Lenny Hayes had a knee reconstruction about this time last year, St Kilda people may not have said it, but the thought bubble that formed instantly was almost universal: That's our season.


Winning the battle of wounded knee


Jake Niall Eight months after a knee reconstruction, St Kilda's James Gwilt will return in the VFL.

Saints endure hellfire

St Kilda v Melbourne

Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..

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Playing catch up


Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?