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.

Clubs face extra pay-outs for players' career-ending injuries

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Jake Niall Big increase in compensation for players who sustain injuries that bring their careers to a close.

The Sydney dynasty beckons

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Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

Scott Pendlebury a lone ranger as Magpies build from the ground up

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Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...

How Hawthorn left Collingwood in the dust

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Jake Niall Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival

Griffiths opts to stay at Tigerland

Ben Griffiths has had a breakout season.

Jake Niall Richmond's vastly improved key forward Ben Griffiths will remain at Tigerland, spurning offers from rival clubs to sign with the Tigers.

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Jake Niall Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and will likely miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

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Loss to Hawks is still a step forward: Chris Scott

Thinking forward: Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott said that despite the defeat, the Cats had taken a step forward prior to the finals.

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Tigers roar against Giants to keep slim finals hopes alive

Rhys Palmer of the Giants takes a big hit from Nathan Gordon of the Tigers at the MCG on Saturday.

Jake Niall In this competition, five consecutive wins almost invariably place a team inside the top eight, or somewhere near it.

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Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

Richmond's Nathan Foley is tackled by Sydney's Nick Malceski during Friday's round 14 match.

Jake Niall AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

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Geelong lucky to get past Carlton after a hard slog

Geelong's Steven Motlop prevents Kade Simpson and Sam Rowe getting to the ball.

Jake Niall In one of the better matches of 2014, Joel Selwood managed to break from a stoppage with barely a minute left and convert a long angle shot to snatch the lead - and the result - for a Geelong side...

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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.

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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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.

The unresolved Hird question

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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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Lyon: we'll put Hawks loss behind us

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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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Saving the season

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

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Blockbuster trade: Demons part with No.2 pick in Dom Tyson deal

Dom Tyson

Jake Niall Melbourne has secured young GWS midfielder Dom Tyson in a blockbuster swap for its pick number 2.

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Paul Chapman joins Essendon

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Paul Chapman has become an Essendon player, signing with the Bombers as a free agent. Chapman, 32, will be reunited with his former coach Mark Thompson on an incentive-based deal in which he can earn...

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