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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Brett Deledio set to miss 2-3 weeks

Brett Deledio will be back either in round seven or after the bye in round eight.

Jake Niall Richmond midfield gun Brett Deledio is expected to miss the nexxt 2-3 weeks, meaning he will either return against Geelong in round seven, or wait until after the Tigers have had the bye in round...

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Pies tear apart paper Tigers

Steely resolve: Steele Sidebottom beats Nathan Gordon.

Jake Niall This match was viewed as consequential, not so much for the winner, but for the loser. At 2-2 after four rounds, a team is respectable. At 1-3, you're in the bunker.

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Tigers shirked contests says skipper Trent Cotchin

Trent Cotchin leads Richmond from the field after the Collingwood loss.

Jake Niall Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin has singled out instances when players shirked contests as a factor in the Tigers' disappointing loss to Collingwood, saying that some players ''weren't willing to go''...

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Paradise postponed at Richmond

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Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.

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Tigers atone for past sins with win over Blues

Richmond v Carlton AFL round 2 MCG , Richmonds Dustin Martin celebrates the sealing  goal
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 27th of March 2014

Jake Niall The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.

Malthouse praises Carlton fightback

Jake Niall Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has praised his team's ''stoic'' fightback in a narrow defeat that could have been won with better finishing.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

Harry Taylor.

Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.

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The campaign

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Jake Niall Richmond stopped searching for a messiah and put away old rivalries to find success.

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Richmond moves on contracts

Dustin Martin.

Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...

Almost perfect, says delighted Hird

Essendon coach James Hird offers a word of advice to his team at quarter-time.

Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.

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Jobe slaughters Tigers

Gotcha: Jobe Watson stops Tiger Brett Deledio in his tracks.

Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.

From princes to frogs

Since 2001, Essendon's fairytale has become a decade of mediocrity.

Jake Niall After the 2001 grand final defeat, the Essendon fairytale turned into a 10-year spell of mediocrity.

Cricket - dropped, kicked

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Jake Niall Football remaining in the headlines beyond grand final day is proving detrimental to summer sport.

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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.

Blue the looking glass

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Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.

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Tigers up and running

Got it: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt marks over Swan Ted Richards. He finished with four goals.

Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.

The wins of the father

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Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?

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Gritty Tigers hold off Saints

Richmond v Saints

Jake Niall Not even the most sobering talk by Damien Hardwick will be able to contain the fervour at Punt Road now.