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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Pies, the source?

Jake Niall and John Silvester Key witness says Stephen Dank used Collingwood claims to manipulate James Hird.

Throwing punches, pulling heartstrings

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Jake Niall 'The Weapon' had two obvious ambitions in his interview with Luke Darcy. One was to smear James Hird - with a dodgy cream, a police raid and everything untoward that happened at Windy Hill.

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Second-tier cases show Saad may be in strife

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Jake Niall If one uses the second-tier competitions as a guideline for what Ahmed Saad can expect if he is found to have taken a World Anti-Doping Agency-banned substance, he will be in terrible strife.

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Watts waits for call on new coach

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Jake Niall Jack Watts will decide whether to re-sign only after coaching position settled.

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Two towers

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Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.

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Scandal took its toll on Evans

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Jake Niall The resignation of David Evans as chairman of the Essendon Football Club was the result of the enormous personal toll that the club's supplement scandal took on him, as he finally found himself...

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No rift with Hird, says Evans

Getting on with the job: Essendon chairman David Evans on Friday night.

Jake Niall Essendon chairman tells pre-match club function he's supported by board.

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Hawks feast on Bombers

Essendon's Michael Hibberd makes a grab for Hawthorn's Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.

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Moves hang on Buddy's decision

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Jake Niall Essendon's Tom Bellchambers is one of a number of uncontracted players who have a vested interest in whether Lance Franklin remains a Hawk or leaves.

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Walsh departure 'nothing sinister'

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Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says there is nothing 'strange' about the timing of Geoff Walsh's departure.

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Demons must get experienced Pie chief

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Jake Niall Melbourne is the club that would benefit most from hiring the seasoned Geoff Walsh.

Dear Bomber fans...

Jake Niall It's been one of those breakout seasons, when a team suddenly jumps up and becomes a contender.

Roos find new way to fall just short

That's got to hurt: Carlton's Andrew McInnes and North's Aaron Black collide.

Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Blues midfield lost but we still won, says Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has a word to Andrew Carrazzo.

Jake Niall Carlton coach gives credit to his players for hanging on to defeat a charging North Melbourne.

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Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

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Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.

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Why North (and other teams) can't stop the rot

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Jake Niall A 180-degree shift in momentum hasn't been confined to the flaky Kangaroos this year.

Trengove better off without captaincy burden

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Jack Trengove of the Demons leads his team off during the round 13 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 22, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) .

Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club has a number of situations that are either vacant or up in the air.

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Henderson to stay put at Blues

AFL.Round 16. Carlton v St.Kilda.Carlton's Lachie Henderson in action at Etihad Stadium.13th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.

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The incumbent

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Jake Niall The man who made the "Crowbots" so formidable might be just the man for the Demons.

Coaches unhappy with interchange rule

Geelong coach Chris Scott at quarter-time at the MCG.

Jake Niall Interchange rule that results in free and automatic 50-metre penalty criticised.