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.

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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.

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.

Bulldogs push for Templeton fame

Kelvin Templeton.

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

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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...

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Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

Jake Niall

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...

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Victorian clubs scrambling for Kristian Jaksch

Kristian Jaksch (left) and Tom Boyd (right) of the Giants celebrate with teammates after defeating Carlton on Sunday.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.

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Experience a must for next Demons coach

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Jake Niall There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.

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AFL membership: The 'real' figures for your club

Jamie Cripps of the Eagles celebrates a goal during the round seven AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers.

Jake Niall The West Coast Eagles netted close to $10 million more than all Victorian powers, bar Collingwood, on membership earnings, and had membership profits that were nearly seven times that of the Western...

Viney cleared, but Dees support bump rule

Jake Niall The AFL appeals board has cleared Jack Viney and overturned his contentious suspension, but Melbourne still supports the AFL's bump rule.

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Jack Viney cleared by AFL Appeals Board

Jack Viney

Jake Niall The AFL appeals board has cleared Jack Viney and overturned his contentious suspension, but Melbourne says it still supports the AFL's new version of the bump rule.

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Inside the world of Liam Jurrah

An inmate from the Bombers marks the ball against an inmate from the Swans team during a Scratch Match at Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

Jake Niall Halfway through a 12-week jail stint, the former Demon talks about life on the inside and reveals that he still has some hope of a return to the AFL, although he knows "it will be tough".

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Winners and losers in AFL equalisation plan

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Jake Niall The poor win. The middle grumble about taxes. The rich remain so. The players get a fairer shake.

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AFL player salary cap to rise, but no 100 per cent minimum

Gillon McLachlan will annoounce the new sa;lary cap on Wednesday.

Jake Niall The AFL salary cap for players will have a larger increase next year, and in 2016, but clubs will not have to pay 100 per cent of their player payments, under the AFL's new deal and equalisation...

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ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

Essendon.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall A total of 34 notices will be issued to players, querying the use of the peptide thymosin.

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North needs boost beyond Boom times

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Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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The Paul Chapman decision

Paul Chapman

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