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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

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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''.

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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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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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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Sydney's Buddy big problem

Lance Franklin (Thumbnail)

Jake Niall It's 2020 and Lance Franklin's massive contract is causing the Swans a few headaches.

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Lions need Fitzroyalty

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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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.

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Why North (and other teams) can't stop the rot

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Jake Niall A 180-degree shift in momentum hasn't been confined to the flaky Kangaroos this year.

Two towers

Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.

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Second-tier cases show Saad may be in strife

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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Lions seek cash for salary cap

Brisbane lions logo.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

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Bombers to be charged next week

James Hird.

Jake Niall Expect Essendon to be charged early next week. For the AFL, that's just in the nick of time, as the finals deadline beckons.