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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Hawks' flag built on grand designs

Jake Niall When Lance Franklin finally tells Hawthorn his plans for next year, the shock will only come if he informs the club that he's staying.

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Winning comes down to golden goals

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Jake Niall Some crucial misses left Fremantle feeling every bit like Hawthorn did 12 months ago.

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Coaching legacies on line

Grand Final Presser. Fremantle's coach Ross Lyon with Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson . 27th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.

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Hawks rebuffed bid by Eagles on coach

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Jake Niall West Coast formally inquired with Hawthorn about the position of coach Alastair Clarkson three weeks ago and were told that Clarkson was contracted and unavailable.

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Hawks set to meet Lion Longer

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Jake Niall Hawthorn will meet with potential recruit Brisbane Lions ruckman Billy Longer, for the first time after the grand final.

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Hawks' forward 'trinity' must fire

Cyril Rioli.

Jake Niall In the preliminary final, the Hawks prevailed narrowly over the cursing Cats, despite the failure of their forward 'trinity' to produce goals.

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Saving the season

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Jake Niall Two great finals have helped rescue Andrew Demetriou's annus horribilis.

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Hawthorn revival almost too late

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Jake Niall Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.

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Dees won't chase Martin

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Jake Niall Melbourne has ruled out pursuing Richmond's out-of-contract midfielder Dustin Martin, while the Brisbane Lions are prepared to meet with Martin's management and will do their ''due diligence'' before...

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Giants in talks with Martin

Dustin Martin

Jake Niall Out-of-contract youngster can walk to the Giants in the pre-season draft.

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Prey for the Hawks

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Jake Niall Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.

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Flick... Cats turn off the Power

Hands off: Geelong's Harry Taylor pushes past Angus Monfries.

Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.

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Dees look to Bulldogs veteran

Daniel Cross

Jake Niall Melbourne has confirmed its interest in recruiting decorated former Western Bulldog Daniel Cross, as new coach Paul Roos seeks to add experience to the club's struggling midfield.

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Watts swayed by Roos appointment

Jack Watts.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility Jack Watts is expected to stick with the Demons.

Giants move on key Saint

Sam Fisher

Jake Niall Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, who has been approached by the Giants about a possible move.

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Watts set to stay at Melbourne

Jack Watts

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility expected to stick with Demons.

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The campaign

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Jake Niall Richmond stopped searching for a messiah and put away old rivalries to find success.

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Lightning strikes twice, stuns Pies

Power point: Ollie Wines celebrates one of his two goals.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.

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Port takes 'enormous belief' from win over Pies

Port coach Ken Hinkley and Travis Boak are all smiles after the match.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide will take on Geelong next week expecting to perform well again.

Lions go after Worsfold

Eagles coach John Worsfold

Jake Niall and Brad Elborough The Brisbane Lions have confirmed that they will make a formal approach to John Worsfold to see if the departed West Coast coach is interested in pursuing the Lions' coaching position.

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