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.

Football

Tigers and Hawks kiss VFL break goodbye

Damien Hardwick and Alastair Clarkson

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

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

AFL

Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

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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

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.

Blues need chopping block

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Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.

AFL

Pies may regain four to play Blues

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Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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AFL

That's what I want in September, says Clarkson

Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson maps out strategy at quarter-time.

Jake Niall Coach praises his players for standing up to finals-like pressure against Pies.

AFL

Link men

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Jake Niall In coming together to support the family of Merv Neagle, Essendon showed real club spirit.

AFL

The quest is history

Jake Niall Paul Roos has the chance to retrace some famous footsteps if he takes over at the Demons.

AFL

The actuarial logic of the Ross adjuster

Nick Riewoldt drops a mark under pressure.

Jake Niall St Kilda gives its retiring trio a fitting send-off by scoring a 71-point win over Fremantle.

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AFL

Saving the season

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

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AFL

Podsiadly becomes a Crow

James Podsiadly

Jake Niall Geelong's 2011 premiership key forward James Podsiadly is set to be confirmed as an Adelaide player as soon as today.

AFL

Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

AFL

Daw Roo blue

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Jake Niall There have been few more anticipated debuts than Majak Daw's and few with more expectation.

AFL

Collingwood re-signs Elliott, Witts

Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.

AFL

The life of Brian: Hawks have seen a different Lake

Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.

AFL

Buckley mum on Elliott-Koschitzke incident

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declined to be drawn on the incident in which his small forward Jamie Elliott was collected by Justin Koschitzke.