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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Melbourne's 1948 VFL premiership flag recovered after eBay shock

Patrick Hatch and Jake Niall A missing 1948 VFL premiership flag has been recovered after a joint investigation by Victorian and NSW police. 

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Tigers and Hawks kiss VFL break goodbye

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Jake Niall Richmond and Hawthorn have organised a 'scratch match' for their reserves today.

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Probe on Dees '48 flag eBay sale

Essendon v Melbourne in 1941.

Jake Niall An item advertised as Melbourne's famous 1948 premiership flag has been put on sale on eBay, in a development that is being investigated by the police and the AFL.

Hawks recall Josh Gibson

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Hawthorn has brought back gun defender Josh Gibson, key midfielder Brad Hill and introduced Alex Woodward for his first game for Saturday night's massive showdown with premiership favourites Sydney.

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Magpies ring up the changes for Adelaide clash

Nathan Buckley is looking forward to the challenge of the final few weeks of the season.

Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon It was apt, and perhaps pointed, that Nathan Buckley didn't say anything headline-worthy on Wednesday.

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Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

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Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley blunders on Maxwell, Keeffe

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Jake Niall Nathan Buckley has rightly put his players on notice for what was probably the low water mark for Collingwood since he succeeded Mick Malthouse.

If you want the job of Carlton CEO - apply here

Carlton's next CEO?

Jake Niall The Carlton Football Club invites applications for the position of chief executive officer of the game's most successful club.

AFL

AFL to hold draft for Foxtel reality TV show The Recruit

The show will be hosted by former Brisbane champion and coach Michael Voss.

Jake Niall The AFL has arranged an official draft meeting in September for a reality television program in which the winner is guaranteed a spot on a club's rookie list.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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How Gibson engineered an unlikely career

Sam Gibson

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.

AFL

Brad Scott calls North's early effort 'appalling'

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott speaks to Brent Harvey at quarter-time.

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach says the Roos cannot console themselves that they finished strongly to lose by 20 points.

AFL

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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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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Hawthorn stands behind Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett looks ahead during a Hawthorn Hawks training session at Box Hill City Oval.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Hawthorn's players were doing what they could to help teammate Dayle Garlett as he shelves plans to play AFL for the foreseeable future.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Saving the season

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

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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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