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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Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

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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Why some fans are challenged by Goodes

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Jake Niall There might not be a single reason why a portion of Essendon fans booed Adam Goodes on Saturday evening.

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Grassroots: What the new AFL boss should stand for

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Jake Niall The crowds are down. The prices are up. The hotdogs cost as much as Joe Hockey's medicare co-payment.

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Football's confronting indigenous questions

Jake Niall To see Liam Jurrah in prison is confronting, but not in the way you'd imagine. Sitting opposite me behind the barbed wire was an intelligent man with a better command of the English language, his...

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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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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.

What's next for Jack Watts?

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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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Under the radar

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Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.

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Jake Niall In coming together to support the family of Merv Neagle, Essendon showed real club spirit.

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Sydney's Franklin coup a terrible look for the AFL

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Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.

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Revealed: Buddy Franklin to profit heavily in later years of mega-deal

Lance Franklin at the SCG on Wednesday.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Superstar forward's payments due to peak in the seventh and eighth seasons.

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Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

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Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.

What the clubs talk, the Bloods walk

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Jake Niall The mysterious Swans culture has become like Colonel Sanders' herbs and spices.

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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Sydney closes in on Tippett deal

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Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Sydney hopes reputation for getting a deal done would allow it to secure Kurt Tippett.

Bulldogs likely to turn to Goodes

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs are likely to draft Brett Goodes, who has been working as the club's welfare manager, in preference to delisted Bomber Brent Prismall.

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I was whacked three times, says Scotland

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Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences

Taking their chance

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Jake Niall It's not just crowds, but also clubs that have come a long way in embracing indigenous players.

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Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

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Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.

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Tigers up and running

Got it: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt marks over Swan Ted Richards. He finished with four goals.

Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.