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.

AFL

Hawks feast on Bombers

Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.

AFL

Bombers' secret talks

Paul Little: Saga could drag into September and beyond.

Caroline Wilson, Mark Hawthorne and Jake Niall Pre-finals settlement between Essendon and the AFL remains on the table.

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AFL

Supplement crisis: Bombers set to miss finals

Hird avoids the media after training session (Thumbnail)

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon looks certain to not play finals as negotiations between the AFL and the club moved swiftly towards a resolution of the crisis that has engulfed the game.

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AFL

Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.

AFL

Leigh Tudor presents to Bombers board

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Jake Niall Sydney assistant coach remains in running after making presentation to club's board.

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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

Bombers and Saints keen to entice Longer

Billy Longer

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon and St Kilda have both met uncommitted and out-of-contract Brisbane ruckman in an attempt to persuade him to return to Melbourne.

AFL

'Get Demetriou' a new sport that is hurting Bombers

Andrew Demetriou.

Jake Niall Those acting in Hird's supposed interests aren't doing him, or the recovering Bombers, any favours.

Bombers losing grip on finals

Flying Hawk: Cyril Rioli leaps over Courtenay Dempsey last night.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.

Blues, Tigers, Bombers set to play twice

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Jake Niall But Tigers and Collingwood deprived of their request for two games in 2013.

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AFL

Speed before size for trim Bombers

Shadows of themselves: Coach James Hird wants a trimmer Essendon team.

Jake Niall Essendon emphasising endurance over size in preparation for 2013.

Time for Bombers to take their medicine

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Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.

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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AFL

Bombers guarantee player payments

Essendon's Jobe Watson during training.

Jake Niall Essendon will not allow its players to suffer financial penalties in the event that they are suspended by the AFL tribunal as a result of the supplements investigation.

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Burly Hurley flies hard for Bombers

On a charge: Essendon's Michael Hurley tries to stop Brisbane's Matt Maguire from kicking it during the Bombers' 56-point win.

Jake Niall Michael Hurley underscores his status as Essendon's present and future.

AFL

Tougher draw OK: Bombers

David Evans.

Jake Niall Essendon says it has no complaints about its AFL schedule and will make no excuses.

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Football

Bombers move to shore up list

AFL Round 23.Essendon v Port Adelaide.Ports David Rodan chases Essendons Brent Stanton.Etihad Stadium.28 August 2011.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Essendon and Brent Stanton are close to agreement on a three-year contract extension.

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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.

AFL

Collingwood surge has lasting effect

Dane Swan

Jake Niall Few games of football have encapsulated the modern game's capacity for 180-degree momentum swings more than this one.

AFL

Case against Dons could be challenged in court, says key lawyer

Bombers

Jake Niall Essendon players could challenge ASADA in the Federal Court in a bid to have potential punishments thrown out due to intolerable delays in the case, according to the lawyer acting for a key former...