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.

St Kilda's desperate call from the war room

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". 

AFL

St Kilda runs into a 'perfect storm'

When the Saints were last on
the bottom they had strong
existing talent such as a midcareer
Robert Harvey.

Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.

AFL

Ruthless Hawks give St Kilda a football education

Saints v Hawks

Jake Niall Hawthorn destroyed St Kilda by a record 145 points, but lost stars Sam Mitchell and Brian Lake to injury at the MCG.

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AFL

Hawthorn and St Kilda: different sides of the equalisation debate

Rich club, poor club.

Jake Niall A few key decisions explain Hawthorn's emergence as one of the AFL's most powerful clubs while St Kilda, despite getting a lot right, is rubbing shoulders with the stragglers.

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AFL

Matt Finnis tipped for St Kilda CEO job

Matt Finnis.

Jake Niall St Kilda is expected to appoint AFL Players Association boss Matt Finnis as its new chief executive.

AFL

On the mat, but St Kilda puts its faith in Finnis

Matt Finnis

Jake Niall Is there a tougher ask in football than running the Saints? Among the football public, the perception is that St Kilda is broke again, with a dwindling core of senior players, and destined to lose...

St Kilda looked at Milne playing next year

Stephen Milne

Jake Niall St Kilda had discussed the possibility of Stephen Milne playing on in 2014 with both the player and his management prior to him being charged with rape.

Football

St Kilda lures fitness chief Davoren in search for higher plane

St. Kilda FC

Jake Niall The shift of Davoren to St Kilda continues the merry-go-round of fitness chiefs among clubs.

AFL

St Kilda's turn to go shopping

Josh Caddy.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

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Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Jonathon Patton's injury hurts Victorian clubs

Hot property: Greater Western Sydney star Jonathon Patton.

Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.

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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.

Saints may trade their top pick

St Kilda’s head of football Chris Pelchen.

Jake Niall St Kilda will consider trading the first pick in the national draft if it finishes on the bottom, as the club explores all avenues available to rebuild the playing list and bring success.

AFL

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

Jake Niall dinkus Dinkus

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

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

Jake Niall dinkus

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.