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.

Anatomy of a grand final heist

Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.

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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.

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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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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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St Kilda runs into a 'perfect storm'

When the Saints were last on
the bottom they had strong
existing talent such as a midcareer
Robert Harvey.

Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.

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Dunstall or Jeans - Hawthorn's tough call

Legend material: Jason Dunstall.

Jake Niall Hawthorn has faced tough choices in the past: Glenferrie or Waverley, an untried Alastair Clarkson or a seasoned Gary Ayres, Tasmania or Melbourne only.

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Victorian clubs drowning as tidal wave of interstate clubs line up for premierships

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Jake Niall To comprehend the dimensions of the tidal wave that is approaching Victorian clubs, consider this question: Which four or five clubs would be most confident of winning a premiership within the next...

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Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

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Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

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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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Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

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Richmond premiership heroes to honour Tom Hafey

Tiger heroes: Fred Swift and Tom Hafey with the 1967 premiership trophy.

Jake Niall Richmond is inviting every player who played in a premiership team under Tommy Hafey to Saturday's game against Melbourne, where the ex-premiership players are expected to form a guard of honour.

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Carlton powerbroker Wes Lofts passes away

Wes Lofts in 1967.

Jake Niall One of Carlton's most influential modern figures, former premiership player and long-time official Wes Lofts, has died.

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Footy gives soccer a free kick

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Jake Niall Early Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Australians awoke, flicked the remote button and watched the Socceroos put up a respectable, plucky and predictably unsuccessful performance against Chile.

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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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Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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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Ross Lyon reflects on the value of defeat

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has described the death of fellow coach Dean Bailey as a sobering event that puts his team's grand final defeat in perspective.

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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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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

Jake Niall There had been talk that Freo had ‘‘earned’’ the right to open the season against the heavily supported black and whites.

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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''.