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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Aboriginal issues: AFL takes a look

Dayle Garlett: Overlooked in the draft.

Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.

'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

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AFL players push radical free agency plan

Gary Ablett could become a free agent at the end of his next contract.

Jake Niall AFL players are pushing hard for a new free agency that would be make it much easier for players to move to a third club.

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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.

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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

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The Paul Chapman decision

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Essendon's decision to recruit Paul Chapman involved little agonising.

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Like father, like son: Ablett and Langford

Clash of the titans:Geelong's Gary Ablett
and Hawk Chris Langford.

Jake Niall Almost a quarter century after his father was given the challenge of curbing a fellow called Gary Ablett in a storied grand final, Will Langford could well be asked to do the same on Saturday evening.

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Pies tear apart paper Tigers

Steely resolve: Steele Sidebottom beats Nathan Gordon.

Jake Niall This match was viewed as consequential, not so much for the winner, but for the loser. At 2-2 after four rounds, a team is respectable. At 1-3, you're in the bunker.

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Tigers shirked contests says skipper Trent Cotchin

Trent Cotchin leads Richmond from the field after the Collingwood loss.

Jake Niall Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin has singled out instances when players shirked contests as a factor in the Tigers' disappointing loss to Collingwood, saying that some players ''weren't willing to go''...

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Paradise postponed at Richmond

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.

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Saints go from top to bottom on pay ladder

In the cheap seats: St Kilda are now the lowest paid club in the AFL.

Jake Niall St Kilda has lowered its player payments to the point that it is paying the minimum salary cap allowed, while the club is not expected to pursue expensive free agents such as Melbourne defender James...

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Sore foot costs Blue Matthew Kreuzer at least 12 weeks

Matthew Kreuzer.

Jake Niall Matthew Kreuzer quickly reached the recognition that he needed surgery for his sore foot - and would spend most of the season on the sidelines - after consulting with club doctors following a...

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Lyon: we'll put Hawks loss behind us

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said the Dockers would only review the first 30 minutes and ''a little bit'' of the second quarter from their huge loss to Hawthorn, which the club would put behind it.

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Hawthorn win is one for the ages

Step ahead: Hawk Luke Breust gets his kick away under pressure.

Jake Niall Have the Hawks ever played a better half than the opening two quarters of this grand final ''replay''?

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North needs boost beyond Boom times

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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Tigers atone for past sins with win over Blues

Richmond v Carlton AFL round 2 MCG , Richmonds Dustin Martin celebrates the sealing  goal
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 27th of March 2014

Jake Niall The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.

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Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs is quite entitled to run his ruler over Carlton's offer and drafting strategy before deciding whether to stay.

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How much losing can Nathan Jones bear?

Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.

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Malthouse praises Carlton fightback

Jake Niall Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has praised his team's ''stoic'' fightback in a narrow defeat that could have been won with better finishing.

What's next for Jack Watts?

AFL Melbourne football club training session.Jack Watts 20th of March 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jake Niall He's 196cm, can run like a gazelle and kicks the ball beautifully. Yet, Jack Watts somehow became the poster boy for the failure of the Melbourne Football Club since he was drafted in 2008.

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