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.

Malthouse praises Carlton fightback

Jake Niall Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has praised his team's ''stoic'' fightback in a narrow defeat that could have been won with better finishing.

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Tigers atone for past sins with win over Blues

Richmond v Carlton AFL round 2 MCG , Richmonds Dustin Martin celebrates the sealing  goal
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 27th of March 2014

Jake Niall The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.

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'I hope I'd say no': Chris Judd on Essendon's supplements program

Chris Judd

Jake Niall Chris Judd says that he hoped he would have declined to participate in the supplements program had he been in the shoes of Essendon players.

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Only 5 clubs profit without pokies

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Only five AFL clubs made a profit in 2013 without the assistance of poker machines.

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Bomber Thompson's team

Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

The unresolved Hird question

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Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

What's next for Jack Watts?

AFL Melbourne football club training session.Jack Watts 20th of March 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jake Niall He's 196cm, can run like a gazelle and kicks the ball beautifully. Yet, Jack Watts somehow became the poster boy for the failure of the Melbourne Football Club since he was drafted in 2008.

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Grundy, Reid agree to terms with Pies

Brodie Grundy (right) battles with Aaron Sandilands in the ruck in the 2014 season opener.

Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.

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Hawks look at three debutants

Ben McEvoy is set to make his Hawthorn debut.

Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team

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Playing to win - the new football workplace

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Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

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Ross Lyon reflects on the value of defeat

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has described the death of fellow coach Dean Bailey as a sobering event that puts his team's grand final defeat in perspective.

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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

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Jake Niall There had been talk that Freo had ‘‘earned’’ the right to open the season against the heavily supported black and whites.

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Tigers can't do without Hampson

Shaun Hampson.

Jake Niall When Richmond gave up its second round draft selection for Shaun Hampson in October, there were sceptics aplenty within the football fraternity who considered that the Tigers had paid ''overs.''

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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Andrew Demetriou got three-year incentive bonus

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou

Jake Niall Andrew Demetriou had to remain in his position for 2010, 2011 and 2012 to receive his $2 million bonus.

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On the mat, but St Kilda puts its faith in Finnis

Matt Finnis

Jake Niall Is there a tougher ask in football than running the Saints? Among the football public, the perception is that St Kilda is broke again, with a dwindling core of senior players, and destined to lose...

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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Successor faces bigger challenges

Gillon McLachlan.

Jake Niall Whether the next chief is Gillon McLachlan or an outsider, that person has some big shoes to fill.