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.

Lions believe Port Adelaide is in box seat for Ryder

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

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.

Swann takes top job at Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.

AFL

Ruthless Hawks tame lame Lions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Dayle Garlett of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round one AFL NAB Cup match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.

AFL

West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

Football

Lions to post loss of more than $2 million

Brisbane Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions are set to post a loss of more than $2 million for the 2012 year.

AFL

Lions need Fitzroyalty

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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AFL

Lions seek cash for salary cap

Brisbane lions logo.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

AFL

Roos deal not done yet: Lions

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The majority of the Brisbane Lions' board still wanted to retain Michael Voss until six weeks ago, according to club chairman Angus Johnson.

Roos unlikely to take Lions job, says Lynch

In demand: Paul Roos.

Jake Niall Alastair Lynch believes his close friend Paul Roos unlikely to take on Lions job.

AFL

Lions set to interview Neil Craig

Neil Craig

Jake Niall Brisbane Lions will interview Melbourne caretaker coach for coaching position this week.

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.

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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.

Loss to Hawks is still a step forward: Chris Scott

Thinking forward: Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott said that despite the defeat, the Cats had taken a step forward prior to the finals.

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.

AFL

Greg Swann appointed Brisbane CEO

Greg Swann.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.

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

Jake Niall dinkus

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

AFL

AFL may pick up on Gaelic rule to cut congestion

Gaelic football

Jake Niall The ''Gaelic football rule'' that means a player cannot grab the ball if he is on the ground received some support from AFL coaches who met over dinner with AFL bosses Gillon McLachlan and Mike...

AFL

Dunstall or Jeans - Hawthorn's tough call

Legend material: Jason Dunstall.

Jake Niall Hawthorn has faced tough choices in the past: Glenferrie or Waverley, an untried Alastair Clarkson or a seasoned Gary Ayres, Tasmania or Melbourne only.

AFL

Victorian clubs drowning as tidal wave of interstate clubs line up for premierships

Jake Niall dinkus

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...