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.

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Port Adelaide survives scare to beat Melbourne by 20 points

Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.

Carlton to record close to $500,000 loss

Carlton Football Club.

Jake Niall Carlton is bracing itself for a ''significant'' financial loss this year of close to $500,000, even as the club accepts that it will have to pay just below $300,000 in equalisation payments to the...

How Hawthorn goes over and above in search of 'the edge'

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Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.

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Magpies ring up the changes for Adelaide clash

Nathan Buckley is looking forward to the challenge of the final few weeks of the season.

Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon It was apt, and perhaps pointed, that Nathan Buckley didn't say anything headline-worthy on Wednesday.

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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...

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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...

Mark Brayshaw to run AFL Coaches Association

Mark Brayshaw.

Jake Niall North Melbourne board member Mark Brayshaw is expected to be appointed interim chief executive of the AFL Coaches Association, replacing Danny Frawley.

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Dees skipper Nathan Jones confident of life after Roos

Nathan Jones is confident the Demons are building

Jake Niall On the eve of the Demons' historic home game against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs, Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones said he would have been ''extremely disappointed'' had the club not ushered in the...

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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".

DO NOT USE .... Port Power holds off determined challenge of emerging Demons

Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.

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Dees 'extremely disappointed' in near miss: Roos

Paul Roos is interviewed by former AFL star Barry Hall during the game.

Jake Niall Melbourne coach Paul Roos has raised the bar for his side, saying the Demons were ''extremely disappointed'' to lose to Port Adelaide after leading in the final quarter.

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Football's confronting indigenous questions

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Jake Niall To see Liam Jurrah in prison is confronting, but not in the way you'd imagine. Sitting opposite me behind the barbed wire was an intelligent man with a better command of the English language, his...

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Winners and losers in AFL equalisation plan

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

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Why the Cats won't win the flag

Geelong players contemplate their heavy loss to Sydney

Jake Niall Geelong ''could'' win the 2014 premiership, in the same way that Carlton ''could'' make the final eight. It's highly improbable, rather than impossible.

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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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AFL to hold draft for Foxtel reality TV show The Recruit

The show will be hosted by former Brisbane champion and coach Michael Voss.

Jake Niall The AFL has arranged an official draft meeting in September for a reality television program in which the winner is guaranteed a spot on a club's rookie list.

AFL

Sore foot costs Blue Matthew Kreuzer at least 12 weeks

Matthew Kreuzer.

Jake Niall Matthew Kreuzer quickly reached the recognition that he needed surgery for his sore foot - and would spend most of the season on the sidelines - after consulting with club doctors following a...

AFL

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.

Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.