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 edge Swans after a gripping contest

Jake Niall In a season supposedly beset with underwhelming footy, Hawthorn and Sydney produced what was surely the season's highest calibre game, in a contest between teams that will surely meet again at the...

AFL

Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

Richmond's Nathan Foley is tackled by Sydney's Nick Malceski during Friday's round 14 match.

Jake Niall AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

Grant Birchall concedes the Swans were harder, bigger, better

Grant Birchall and Sydney's Sam Reid both make a grab for the ball.

Jake Niall Hawthorn's gun defender Grant Birchall has attributed the flag favourite's Friday evening defeat to the Swans being harder, bigger bodied and cleaner than the Hawks.

Swans assistant pitches for Essendon coaching role during Hird’s ban

Leigh Tudor

Jake Niall Sydney Swans assistant coach Leigh Tudor remains in the running to coach Essendon next season after making a presentation to the club board on Monday.

AFL

Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.

AFL

Swans have room for recruit

Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.

AFL

Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

AFL

Swans paid $1.75m more than have-nots

Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh.

Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.

AFL

Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

Kurt Tippett

Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.

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Swans fail the test

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JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...

Hawthorn edges out Port Adelaide, sets up flag tilt with Sydney

Hawthorn

Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.

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.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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The Sydney dynasty beckons

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Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

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.

AFL

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...

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

Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

AFL

AFL's Sunday twilight zone a no-man's land

Jake Niall

Jake Niall Season 2014 has been blighted by the fall-out from two failed experiments. One, obviously, is Essendon's pharmacological foray The other, less reckless but still costly ''experiment'', was the AFL's...

Allowance to favour Swan youth

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Jake Niall Every Sydney player who isn't paid more than $300,000 will receive a net payment of $10,000 next season and in 2016, under the AFL's new version of the cost of living allowance (COLA).