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.

The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

Naitanui gets the jump on his rivals

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Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".

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Cats grab trio from rivals in departure from club policy

Hamish McIntosh

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.

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Silence of the Blues a surprise

Blue target: Quinten Lynch.

Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.

AFL

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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Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.

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Back and forward

Jarrad Waite.

Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.

Why brown and gold is the new black

Hawks superstar Buddy Franklin prepares to run through the banner

Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.

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.

The missing Ling

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Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?

Dees beaten, not bowed

Feet first: Colin Sylvia flies on the back of Tom Gillies.

Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.

An uphill battle

Essendon ruckman David Hille

Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.

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.