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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Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

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

Jake Niall dinkus

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...

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Blues push AFL for new MCG deal

The club wants seven or eight games at the MCG.

Jake Niall Carlton is in negotiations with the AFL about making the MCG its main home ground for 2015 and beyond, with the club board having decided that it wants to play as many as eight of its 11 home games...

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Sewell's mid-season pre-season

Brad Sewell (right) is chased by Ryan Crowley during the 2013 grand final against Fremantle.

Jake Niall Hawthorn dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has opted to undergo a ''mini pre-season''’ in an attempt to ensure he is match-fit and ready for senior football after the bye.

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Riewoldt, Pavlich, Brown – take your pick

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Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich and Jonathan Brown are still stars for their respective clubs, but which has had the better AFL career?

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I should have been better early in season, says Anzac Medal recipient Dane Swan

Dane Swan accepts his Anzac Medal for his performance against Essendon.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson After winning his second Anzac Medal for his best-afield, four-goal performance, Collingwood's Dane Swan admitted he should have been playing better early in the season.

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Collingwood surge has lasting effect

Dane Swan

Jake Niall Few games of football have encapsulated the modern game's capacity for 180-degree momentum swings more than this one.

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Push comes to shove: AFL admits mistakes

Umpiring boss Wayne Campbell.

Jake Niall The AFL has acknowledged that the umpires have not paid enough frees for pushes in the back over the past couple of rounds.

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Kick for a mark may be extended to 20 metres

Umpire calls for free

Jake Niall The possibility of extending the minimum marking distance for a kick to 20 metres has been tentatively raised at a meeting of the AFL's laws of the game committee.

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Brian Lake ready to play for Hawks, Ryan Schoenmakers also

Back in action: Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn appears poised to regain Brian Lake, the player it missed so badly against Geelong, and will consider selecting another tall back, Ryan Schoenmakers, for Sunday's clash with Richmond.

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Nick off, he's the Maxwell for all seasons

Nick Maxwell.

Jake Niall Nick Maxwell's renaissance has been remarkable, and unexpected.

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Collingwood's Marley Williams avoids jail on grievous bodily harm charge

Marley Williams.

Jake Niall Collingwood young gun Marley Williams has avoided jail after being convicted of grievous bodily harm for breaking a man's jaw in a brutal one-punch attack outside a nightclub in Western Australia.

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Physicality does the trick for Travis Cloke

Travis Cloke takes a strong mark as Scott Thompson of the Kangaroos tries to bring him down.

Jake Niall During the week, Collingwood's coaches sat down with Travis Cloke and reviewed about 20 one-on-one contests in which he had engaged, and mainly lost, during his indifferent first four matches.

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.

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Seven argues for afternoon timeslot for Good Friday football

Andrew Demetriou said Good Friday football could be played outside of Victoria.

Jake Niall Good Friday football in 2015 would be played in the afternoon if Channel Seven had its way, but the AFL has suggested that it might be preferable at night.