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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Supplement crisis: Bombers set to miss finals

Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon looks certain to not play finals as negotiations between the AFL and the club moved swiftly towards a resolution of the crisis that has engulfed the game.

Bombers losing grip on finals

Flying Hawk: Cyril Rioli leaps over Courtenay Dempsey last night.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.

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Paradise postponed at Richmond

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

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Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

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.

Bomber Thompson's team

Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

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Only 5 clubs profit without pokies

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Only five AFL clubs made a profit in 2013 without the assistance of poker machines.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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Playing to win - the new football workplace

Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

The unresolved Hird question

Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

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Collingwood in the age of the Buckley evolution

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.

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Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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Jake Niall Once sidelined, spurned AFL coaches often struggle to get another guernsey.

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A bridge too far?

Jake Niall The success of Franklin in Sydney will be measured in more than just wins and losses.

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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AFL 2014: A higher level

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Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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Magpies gain White and pick No. 6

Jesse White of the Swans marks during the first semi-final against Carlton last month.

Jake Niall and Jason Phelan Jesse White will become a Collingwood player as early as Monday.

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Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

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Hawthorn and St Kilda: different sides of the equalisation debate

Rich club, poor club.

Jake Niall A few key decisions explain Hawthorn's emergence as one of the AFL's most powerful clubs while St Kilda, despite getting a lot right, is rubbing shoulders with the stragglers.

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