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

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.

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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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Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

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

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...

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...

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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

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

Experience a must for next Demons coach

Jake Niall dinkus

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

AFL

Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

Jake Niall Late in Mark Thompson's first year as senior coach at Geelong, his chairman of selectors - former Richmond premiership player, coach and president Barry Richardson - had a discussion with...

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

Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

AFL

The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

Jake Niall dinkus

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.

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Why some fans are challenged by Goodes

Jake Niall

Jake Niall There might not be a single reason why a portion of Essendon fans booed Adam Goodes on Saturday evening.

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Tom Hawkins the big difference - again

Tom Hawkins gets foot to ball before Michael Firrito can get in the way.

Jake Niall No key forward in the game has exerted as much influence on results this season as Tom Hawkins.