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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Carlton powerbroker Wes Lofts passes away

Jake Niall One of Carlton's most influential modern figures, former premiership player and long-time official Wes Lofts, has died.

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How Gibson engineered an unlikely career

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Jake Niall Before he played in the AFL, Sam Gibson worked full-time as a civil engineer, a career he was willing to forsake for a risky rookie-list spot at North Melbourne.

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Why some fans are challenged by Goodes

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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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Bryce Gibbs to re-sign with Carlton for up to five years

A cut abouve the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs and Carlton have committed to one another, with the free agent midfielder to sign a long-term contract of either four or five seasons.

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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

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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.

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Toby Greene to appeal suspension

Toby Greene has been suspended for five matches over an alleged assault at a bar.

Jake Niall Toby Greene is expected to take the unusual step of formally appealing his five-match club suspension by the Greater Western Sydney Giants, on the grounds that the punishment is excessive.

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Hawks felled again with defender Josh Gibson out for 10 weeks

Hawk Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Hawthorn's mounting injury difficulties have worsened dramatically, with gun defender Josh Gibson having pectoral surgery that will see him miss the next 10 weeks.

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Case against Dons could be challenged in court, says key lawyer

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Jake Niall Essendon players could challenge ASADA in the Federal Court in a bid to have potential punishments thrown out due to intolerable delays in the case, according to the lawyer acting for a key former...

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Richmond premiership heroes to honour Tom Hafey

Tiger heroes: Fred Swift and Tom Hafey with the 1967 premiership trophy.

Jake Niall Richmond is inviting every player who played in a premiership team under Tommy Hafey to Saturday's game against Melbourne, where the ex-premiership players are expected to form a guard of honour.

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.

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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.

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Jarryd Roughead and Cyril Rioli face sidelines after Hawks' loss to Swans

Not much to cheer about: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson during the game on Friday.

Jake Niall Hawthorn is counting the cost of its 19-point loss to Sydney, with star forwards Jarryd Roughead and Cyril Rioli likely to face periods on the sidelines.

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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.

Viney cleared, but Dees support bump rule

Jake Niall The AFL appeals board has cleared Jack Viney and overturned his contentious suspension, but Melbourne still supports the AFL's bump rule.

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Jack Viney cleared by AFL Appeals Board

Jack Viney

Jake Niall The AFL appeals board has cleared Jack Viney and overturned his contentious suspension, but Melbourne says it still supports the AFL's new version of the bump rule.

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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...

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...

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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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Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

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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...