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.

Tank-fully, all teams will be trying hard this year

Jake Niall In years past, a round 20 game between two near bottom teams would be watched for unusual selections and experimental placements.

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Why North (and other teams) can't stop the rot

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Jake Niall A 180-degree shift in momentum hasn't been confined to the flaky Kangaroos this year.

Paddy Ryder to meet Giants

Paddy Ryder is to meet with GWS.

Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.

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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Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

Selwood challenges decorated teammates to improve

Their season at an end, Geelong players trudge off the ground on Friday night.

Jake Niall Geelong captain Joel Selwood has challenged the club's decorated veterans, as much as the youngsters, to improve and take the club beyond the second week of the finals.

The Sydney dynasty beckons

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Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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Lions ask AFL for $3m - for footy and debt

Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have requested $3 million from the AFL to enable them to fund their football operations and shore up their troubled finances.

Magpies make a pitch for Mitch Clark

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood is among the clubs interested in Melbourne forward/ruckman Mitch Clark who is understood to favour a fresh start away from the Demons if he is to make his return to AFL football.

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Melbourne meet delisted Saint James Gwilt

James Gwilt of the Saints competes for the ball with Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Melbourne has met with St Kilda's discarded defender James Gwilt, who has also attracted the interest of Greater Western Sydney.

Blues up ante on Jarrad Waite

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Jake Niall Carlton has increased its offer to key forward Jarrad Waite, with a Paul Chapman-style deal now on the table.

How Hawthorn left Collingwood in the dust

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Jake Niall Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival

North Melbourne coach says team primed for finals

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.

North tunes up with victory over improved Dees

Game plan: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott gives his Kangaroos instructions on how to stay on top of Melbourne.

Jake Niall If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.

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.

Griffiths opts to stay at Tigerland

Ben Griffiths has had a breakout season.

Jake Niall Richmond's vastly improved key forward Ben Griffiths will remain at Tigerland, spurning offers from rival clubs to sign with the Tigers.

Tax prompts Pies to cut footy dept

Might it just be bad news for Magpies fans?

Jake Niall The imminent tax on football department spending will prompt Collingwood to spend fewer dollars overall in football - excepting player payments - in 2015 than it did this year.