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.

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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Pull your heads in, coaches tell players

Jake Niall The AFL says it has received strong backing from coaches for the introduction of the rule that discourages players from leading with their head to draw free kicks.

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The most divisive year since 1996

Jake Niall The year of 2013 is the worst season that the AFL has endured in terms of image.

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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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Magpies eye outside growth to boost membership numbers

Collingwood logo

Jake Niall Collingwood crosses 60,000-member mark for 2014 season two weeks before Christmas.

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Harry O'Brien no longer: Magpie to change surname to Lumumba

Harry O'Brien

Jake Niall Collingwood premiership player Harry O'Brien is changing his name and will be officially known as "Heritier Lumumba."

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'Get Demetriou' a new sport that is hurting Bombers

Andrew Demetriou.

Jake Niall Those acting in Hird's supposed interests aren't doing him, or the recovering Bombers, any favours.

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Belatedly, Blues lose defender

High point: Nick Duigan celebrates his fourth goal against Richmond in an elimination final this year.

Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.

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AFL draftees at top of private school class

Back row (from left: Matt Scharenberg, Christian Salem (Brighton Grammar), Kade Kolodjashnij, Nathan Freeman (Haileybury), James Aish
(Concordia College). Front row: Jack Billings (Scotch College), Tom Boyd (Luther College), Josh Kelly (Brighton Grammar), Marcus Bontempelli (Marcellin).

Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.

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Coalition of the ready and able

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Jake Niall The AFL is seeking a better relationship with this Liberal regime than it had with the last one.

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Clearly, it's Buckley at the wheel

Jake Niall In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.

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West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

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Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

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Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

Elliot Yeo heading for West Coast after Eagles 'create' a second round pick

Carlton's Mitch Robinson chases Brisbane's Elliot Yeo at Etihad Stadium.11 August 2012.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions and West Coast have finalised a deal in which out of contract defender Elliot Yeo will join the Eagles in return for a second round draft pick.

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Kangas flag interest in Patrick Karnezis

Patrick karnezis celebrates a goal.

Jake Niall NORTH Melbourne has shown interest in out of contract Brisbane forward Patrick Karnezis, who has been seeking a trade to Collingwood.

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Magpies gain White and pick No. 6

Jesse White of the Swans marks during the first semi-final against Carlton last month.

Jake Niall and Jason Phelan Jesse White will become a Collingwood player as early as Monday.

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Sydney's Buddy big problem

Lance Franklin (Thumbnail)

Jake Niall It's 2020 and Lance Franklin's massive contract is causing the Swans a few headaches.

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