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.

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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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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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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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Ruthless Hawks tame lame Lions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Dayle Garlett of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round one AFL NAB Cup match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.

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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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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

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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Paul Chapman joins Essendon

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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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Hawthorn top of the class

Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe and Hawthorn's Lance Franklin in a trial of strength at the MCG.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.

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Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.

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Pull your heads in, coaches tell players

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Jake Niall The AFL says it has received strong backing from coaches for the introduction of the rule that discourages players from leading with their head to draw free kicks.

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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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The actuarial logic of the Ross adjuster

Nick Riewoldt drops a mark under pressure.

Jake Niall St Kilda gives its retiring trio a fitting send-off by scoring a 71-point win over Fremantle.

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Melbourne's early deal sparks trade frenzy

Paul Roos

Jake Niall Melbourne's trading of pick No.2 for Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson was the first of a dramatic sequence of trades on a frenetic Friday.

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Prey for the Hawks

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Jake Niall Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.

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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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