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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Brian Lake ready to play for Hawks, Ryan Schoenmakers also

Back in action: Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn appears poised to regain Brian Lake, the player it missed so badly against Geelong, and will consider selecting another tall back, Ryan Schoenmakers, for Sunday's clash with Richmond.

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Sewell's mid-season pre-season

Brad Sewell (right) is chased by Ryan Crowley during the 2013 grand final against Fremantle.

Jake Niall Hawthorn dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has opted to undergo a ''mini pre-season''’ in an attempt to ensure he is match-fit and ready for senior football after the bye.

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The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

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Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

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Hawks felled again with defender Josh Gibson out for 10 weeks

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Jake Niall Hawthorn's mounting injury difficulties have worsened dramatically, with gun defender Josh Gibson having pectoral surgery that will see him miss the next 10 weeks.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Ruthless Hawks tame lame Lions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Dayle Garlett of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round one AFL NAB Cup match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.

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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.

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Hawks look at three debutants

Ben McEvoy is set to make his Hawthorn debut.

Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team

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Hawks feast on Bombers

Essendon's Michael Hibberd makes a grab for Hawthorn's Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.

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Two towers

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Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.

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Hawthorn top of the class

Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe and Hawthorn's Lance Franklin in a trial of strength at the MCG.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.

Hungry Hawks bury Dons

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Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.

Marathon turns into a sprint

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Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.

Cats win no.9 after the bell

Tom Hawkins.

Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

Cats win No. 9 after bell

Geelong - again

Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

Hawks in pole position

Nic Naitanui.

Jake Niall For the Hawks, their final home-and-away game of 2012 delivered what they wanted.

Featherweights?

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

Hawks three times better

It's mine: Travis Cloke makes a desperate attempt to stop Josh Gibson from breaking free.

Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.

Hawthorn too Buddy dependent

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Jake Niall Lance Franklin was certainly Hawthorn's most potent player in the grand final.

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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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