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.

Mark Thompson slams Adelaide's axing of Sanderson

Winning combination: Mark Thompson and Brenton Sanderson.

Jake Niall Essendon's exiting senior coach, Mark Thompson, has clearly signalled his disappointment with Adelaide's axing of his friend Brenton Sanderson.

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Supplements saga: Bombers must change a bad game plan

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Jake Niall In September, there have been two complete and utter routs that were decided within 25 minutes.

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Essendon bows out in a tight final

All over: Tom Bellchambers, Michael Hibberd and Jobe Watson  walk off after the defeat.

Jake Niall This was the final the season needed. In a year beset by complaints about fixturing and still fixated with Essendon’s legal battles, these rivals from the north-west part of town produced both a...

How the mad as hell Tigers started winning run

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.

Jake Niall ''I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more'' – Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the 1976 classic, Network.

Bomber: Dons need to play finals for spirit's sake

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers high-fives fans after the game.

Jake Niall Following his team's courageous come back victory over West Coast, Essendon coach Mark Thompson said his players needed to play finals for their ''spiritual selves'' after enduring another tough year...

Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Jake Niall Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and will likely miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

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Three days can make or break the Bombers

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Jake Niall Essendon's immediate football fate will be shaped over three consecutive Saturday afternoons.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley blunders on Maxwell, Keeffe

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Jake Niall Nathan Buckley has rightly put his players on notice for what was probably the low water mark for Collingwood since he succeeded Mick Malthouse.

AFL

AFL may pick up on Gaelic rule to cut congestion

Gaelic football

Jake Niall The ''Gaelic football rule'' that means a player cannot grab the ball if he is on the ground received some support from AFL coaches who met over dinner with AFL bosses Gillon McLachlan and Mike...

AFL

Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

AFL

The Paul Chapman decision

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Essendon's decision to recruit Paul Chapman involved little agonising.

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.

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

Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

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Jake Niall Late in Mark Thompson's first year as senior coach at Geelong, his chairman of selectors - former Richmond premiership player, coach and president Barry Richardson - had a discussion with...

Swans assistant pitches for Essendon coaching role during Hird’s ban

Leigh Tudor

Jake Niall Sydney Swans assistant coach Leigh Tudor remains in the running to coach Essendon next season after making a presentation to the club board on Monday.

AFL

Bombers are aiming high: experienced targets point to premiership ambitions

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Jake Niall Despite the disaster of 2013 and the AFL penalties, Essendon haven't forsaken premiership contention.

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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

Paul Chapman joins Essendon

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Paul Chapman has become an Essendon player, signing with the Bombers as a free agent. Chapman, 32, will be reunited with his former coach Mark Thompson on an incentive-based deal in which he can earn...

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AFL

Melbourne's early deal sparks trade frenzy

Paul Roos

Jake Niall Melbourne's trading of pick No.2 for Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson was the first of a dramatic sequence of trades on a frenetic Friday.

AFL

Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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Jake Niall Once sidelined, spurned AFL coaches often struggle to get another guernsey.