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.

Matthew Boyd to play on for Western Bulldogs

Matthew Boyd has enjoyed a strong 2014 and provided stability to a developing midfield that balances experience with talented youth.

Jake Niall Decored Western Bulldogs veteran and former captain Matthew Boyd is set to play on in 2015, having been offered a new contract by the club.

Stevens picks Western Bulldogs

Koby Stevens.

Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club as he seeks a trade back to Victoria.

Bulldogs likely to turn to Goodes

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs are likely to draft Brett Goodes, who has been working as the club's welfare manager, in preference to delisted Bomber Brent Prismall.

Bulldogs want 'catch-up footy'

Peter Gordon.

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.

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Dees look to Bulldogs veteran

Daniel Cross

Jake Niall Melbourne has confirmed its interest in recruiting decorated former Western Bulldog Daniel Cross, as new coach Paul Roos seeks to add experience to the club's struggling midfield.

Bulldogs push for Templeton fame

Kelvin Templeton.

Jake Niall Western Bulldogs push for Kelvin Templeton to be included in AFL Hall of Fame.

Will this be the final stand for Hawthorn defender Brian Lake?

Brian Lake is the major question mark among the veteran Hawthorn players who are 30-plus.

Jake Niall This grand final could be the last game of Brian Lake’s career. Or it might not.

Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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Paddy Ryder to confirm departure from Essendon

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will confirm his wish to seek a trade to another club, despite Essendon’s attempts to persuade him to stay and hope that the player would re-consider his position.

Scott Pendlebury a lone ranger as Magpies build from the ground up

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Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

Why Jonathon Patton's injury hurts Victorian clubs

Hot property: Greater Western Sydney star Jonathon Patton.

Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.

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Tight win over Geelong not good enough for finals: Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.

St Kilda's desperate call from the war room

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Jake Niall Every week, a group of St Kilda officials gather in a window-less room in the football department which has become known to all as "The War Room". 

North Melbourne push for Bulldog Higgins

North Melbourne is interested in free-agent Bulldog Shaun Higgins.

Jake Niall North Melbourne is a serious contender to snare free-agent Bulldog Shaun Higgins, as the Roos continue their aggressive push into the free agency market.

Father-son drafting shake-up in the wings

Darcy Moore is a highly-rated prospect who would be affected by any rule change.

Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.

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AFL's Sunday twilight zone a no-man's land

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Jake Niall Season 2014 has been blighted by the fall-out from two failed experiments. One, obviously, is Essendon's pharmacological foray The other, less reckless but still costly ''experiment'', was the AFL's...

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

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

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Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

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Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.

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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...