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 rebuffed bid by Eagles on coach

Jake Niall West Coast formally inquired with Hawthorn about the position of coach Alastair Clarkson three weeks ago and were told that Clarkson was contracted and unavailable.

Elliot Yeo heading for West Coast after Eagles 'create' a second round pick

Carlton's Mitch Robinson chases Brisbane's Elliot Yeo at Etihad Stadium.11 August 2012.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions and West Coast have finalised a deal in which out of contract defender Elliot Yeo will join the Eagles in return for a second round draft pick.

Pies survive fright from plucky Eagles

Magpie moments: Dane Swan wins the ball for Collingwood in the match against West Coast at the MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.

AFL

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...

AFL

Football budget cap 'inevitable'

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

Jake Niall Most of the AFL's powerful clubs view the introduction of a cap on football department spending as a fait accompli.

AFL

Only 5 clubs profit without pokies

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Only five AFL clubs made a profit in 2013 without the assistance of poker machines.

AFL

The return flight

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Jake Niall Windy Hill leaders would do well to learn from West Coast's experiences of righting its culture.

AFL

If lessons have been learnt, then road-tested coaches are the way to go

Jake Niall The travails of Hird and Voss this week ought to be a teaching moment for a competition/industry.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

Lions go after Worsfold

Eagles coach John Worsfold

Jake Niall and Brad Elborough The Brisbane Lions have confirmed that they will make a formal approach to John Worsfold to see if the departed West Coast coach is interested in pursuing the Lions' coaching position.

AFL

Watts set to stay at Melbourne

Jack Watts

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility expected to stick with Demons.

AFL

Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast

Xavier Ellis

Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.

AFL

Demons zero in on Crow Vince

Bernie Vince

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Bernie Vince on the cusp of signing a lucrative long-term deal to join Melbourne.

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

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

Magpies gain White and pick No. 6

Jesse White of the Swans marks during the first semi-final against Carlton last month.

Jake Niall and Jason Phelan Jesse White will become a Collingwood player as early as Monday.

AFL

Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

AFL

Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

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Luck of the draw

Chris Judd.

Jake Niall Biased fixture could decide the premiership.

AFL

Backs to the wall, Pies will play it for J-Mac

Matt Priddis goes for the ball.

Jared Lynch and Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is expecting the Pies to be at their most formidable in Saturday night's semi-final.