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

Playing to win - the new football workplace

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

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.

AFL

Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

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

Tarrant injury sours Pies win

Chris Tarrant

Jake Niall Collingwood's opening victory of 2012 has been soured by a calf injury to veteran Chris Tarrant, whom coach Nathan Buckley conceded had virtually no chance of playing in Friday night's clash with...

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

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.