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.

Collingwood hammer Carlton, spoil Mick Malthouse's big night

Jake Niall On an evening when the achievements of a long-serving coach were celebrated, Carlton and Collingwood reminded all that results are almost entirely shaped by the talent of players, rather than coaches.

McGuire wants Malthouse to be 'Collingwood man' once again

Jake Niall Eddie McGuire wants Mick Malthouse to 'eventually' come back to Collingwood

Magpies keeping Jamie Elliott's feet on the ground

Top seller: Jamie Elliott is king of the kids.

Jake Niall Jamie Elliott sells more merchandise than any other Collingwood player. The Magpies have confirmed that are more no 5s requested for the backs of black and white jumpers than Scott Pendlebury's no 10...

Mick Malthouse airs his views to AFL Commission for the first time

Jake Niall On the eve of becoming the AFL coaching games record-holder, Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has addressed the AFL Commission for the first time, giving the AFL hierarchy insights into his career and...

Why Joel Selwood is the game's number one

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Jake Niall As of round four 2015, Joel Selwood is the game's most influential player.

Collingwood's grit sees them through to victory over Essendon

On song: The Magpies  celebrate yet another rousing Anzac Day victory over the Bombers.

Jake Niall This particular Anzac Day wasn't an exceptional spectacle. The pre-game routines were exactly that.

What Tigers, Dees need for Anzac eve fixture

Tyrone Vickery at Richmond training this week.

Jake Niall If enough people want it, Richmond could get a regular fixture with Melbourne on the eve of Anzac Day.

Stop stargazing Tigers

Richmond at training this week.

Jake Niall The loss of Deledio can be a catalyst for a better Richmond

Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas in limbo over alleged doping violation

The careers of Josh Thomas ans Lachie Keeffe are in limbo.

Jake Niall Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas remain in virtual exile from the club with their careers in limbo, as a result of their provisional suspension for an alleged doping violation.

Paddy McCartin to play again, Nick Riewoldt unlikely

Expected to play on Anzac Day: Paddy McCartin.

Jake Niall St Kilda is expected to retain number one draft pick Paddy McCartin in the team that plays Carlton in New Zealand on Anzac Day.

Port Adelaide hangs on to get the better of North Melbourne

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos is tackled by Justin Westhoff of the Power.

Jake Niall This was a game that Port Adelaide simply had to win and, as circumstances unfolded, it didn't seem possible that North Melbourne could win.

Dissin' franchised

Dissin' franchised. Jake Niall column 19/4/2015. illo Mick Connolly

Jake Niall It’s as long odds as Carlton making the eight, but if Geelong is upset by the Ablett-less Suns, we know what will happen.

Stephen Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

Jon Pierik, Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty on several charges, however he has been cleared on three charges relating to banned substance Thymosin Beta 4.

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Carlton's Lachie Henderson delays contract negotiations

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Jake Niall Carlton's key position swingman Lachie Henderson has temporarily delayed contract discussions, which are now expected to begin in the coming weeks.

New chief tips Dogs to reach top

Jake Niall New Bulldogs chief executive David Stevenson says the Dogs can be "a big and powerful club" like the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

How bottom teams miss out on the champions

Premier player: Nathan Fyfe.

Jake Niall The game's very best weren't picked first. Here's why

Adelaide Crows show up Magpie weaknesses to open season with back-to-back wins

Adelaide's Taylor Walker celebrates with Patrick Dangerfield.

Jake Niall This game confirmed some of the findings of the pre-season and round one. One is that Adelaide are playing strong and purposeful football under Phil Walsh.

The expendables: Where the Hawks have everyone covered

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Almost every team with premiership aspirations has at least one player it can't do without. But Hawthorn?

Geelong drop Steven Motlop for drinking on Good Friday

Dropped: Steven Motlop.

Jake Niall Geelong’s star forward Steven Motlop has received a one-game suspension from the club for drinking on Good Friday, three days before the Cats played Hawthorn in the Easter Monday blockbuster.

Blues take 24 to Perth, consider ex-Bulldog

Jason Tutt as a Dog last year.

Jake Niall Carlton is considering promoting recruit Jason Tutt for his first senior game as a Blue, with the ex-Bulldog among the 24 players the club plans to take to Perth for Friday night's game against West...