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.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

AFL

Collingwood in the age of the Buckley evolution

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

Swan, Buckley men on different paths

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Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.

Krakouer off to camp

Andrew Krakouer

Jake Niall Collingwood has enabled Andrew Krakouer to have to his first high-altitude training camp in the US after the club arranged a last-minute visa for Krakouer, who was unable to go in 2010 and 2011 due...

AFL

Best in the nest

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Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.

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AFL

The problem with Collingwood

Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.

AFL

Collingwood re-signs Elliott, Witts

Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.

Beams to stay with Pies

Collingwood's Dayne Beams

Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.

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'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

Pies back Krakouer as injured stars improve

Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.

'I felt 100 per cent'

Local hero: Ben Reid on the banks of the Ovens River during Collingwood's community camp in Wangaratta.

Jake Niall Ben Reid is one of 11 premiership Pies out of contract but is confident the team will stick together.

AFL

It's tough at the top

Hawthorn's Max Bailey

Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.

Buckley and the search for footy utopia

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.

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Pendlebury will stick with Pies: Buckley

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury.

Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.

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AFL

A case of work (no) rest and play

AFL Round 5 Anzac Day Match between Essendon and Collingwood at the MCG.
Bombers coach James Hird and captain Jobe Watson stand arm in arm for the minutes silence. Melbourne. 25 April 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.

Football

BIG JAM for Bucks

Luke Ball

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.

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Dramatic win for Pies

Collingwood v Geelong

Jake Niall It wasn't the grand final replay in any sense. This match was a low-standard contest that ended with a dramatic Collingwood victory.

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Injured Didak not written off

Alan Didak walks off with an injured adductor muscle.

Jake Niall Collingwood says Alan Didak will still play a "significant" role in the season despite tearing his troublesome adductor muscle yesterday.

Football

Cats throw debutants into the fire

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.