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

Geelong lucky to get past Carlton after a hard slog

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...

AFL

Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

AFL

Blues axe veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes

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Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.

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AFL

Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

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Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs is quite entitled to run his ruler over Carlton's offer and drafting strategy before deciding whether to stay.

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AFL

Sore foot costs Blue Matthew Kreuzer at least 12 weeks

Matthew Kreuzer.

Jake Niall Matthew Kreuzer quickly reached the recognition that he needed surgery for his sore foot - and would spend most of the season on the sidelines - after consulting with club doctors following a...

Roos leap ahead, Blues just a hop away

Collingwood's Dale Thomas gets the jump on Kangaroo midfielder Jack Ziebell in their match at Etihad Stadium last night.

Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.

We want Cloke, says Judd

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Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.

Featherweights?

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Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.

Officer class, but Riewoldt needs captain in waiting

Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.

Be like Pendles: Malthouse to Gibbs

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Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.

Murphy set to lead Carlton

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Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.

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Judgment day

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Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.

AFL

Blues stars return for Dons clash

Eddie Betts and Chris Judd.

Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.

AFL

Henderson to stay put at Blues

AFL.Round 16. Carlton v St.Kilda.Carlton's Lachie Henderson in action at Etihad Stadium.13th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.

Another dose of Blues for Tigers

Cool Blue: Carlton's Bryce Gibbs looks for a teammate in the match against Richmond on Thursday night.

Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?

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BIG JAM for Bucks

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

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Blues home is their hassle

Carlton's Chris Judd.

Jake Niall You reckon Carlton has a home ground advantage against Adelaide today? Think again.

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Judd's good bye

Blue days: Chris Judd has been hampered by an injury.

Jake Niall Blues champion Chris Judd will benefit from next week's bye, writes Jake Niall.

The more things change...

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Jake Niall Sacking the coach rarely gives clubs the immediate reward they are looking for. Take note, Blues.