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

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

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...

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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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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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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.

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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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

The public has spoken: we don't like AFL on Mondays

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the league plans to have

Jake Niall The AFL has confirmed it is expecting to fixture six Thursday night games in 2015, with Monday nights abandoned and the precarious future of Sunday nights still to be determined.

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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...

AFL

Tigers eye midfielders, forward in draft

James Frawley is unlikely to pursued by the Tigers.

Jake Niall Richmond has prioritised quality midfielders and a key forward in the draft and is not expected to pursue Melbourne free agent defender James Frawley.

AFL

Experience a must for next Demons coach

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Jake Niall There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.

Hawks break records ... and the Saints

Jake Niall What's the difference between Hawthorn and St Kilda? We could say that one team stayed in Tasmania and the other left; that one has far better stadium arrangements, and that, consequently, one has...

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

The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

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Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

AFL

Tigers fail to deliver a Hafey effort

A dejected Tigers outfit after losing to Melbourne.

Jake Niall They formed a long line, near the wing where quadruple premiership players Francis Bourke and Dick Clay had out-muscled smaller wingmen and kicked long under the direction of Tommy Hafey

AFL

How Stevie J changed the off-field game

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Jake Niall Just as his boyhood idol Peter Daicos popularised the art of the dribbled goal from acute angles, the artist known as Stevie J has changed the way many players take set shots from the boundary.