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.

How Hawthorn left Collingwood in the dust

Jake Niall Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival

North Melbourne coach says team primed for finals

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.

North tunes up with victory over improved Dees

Game plan: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott gives his Kangaroos instructions on how to stay on top of Melbourne.

Jake Niall If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.

Scott Pendlebury a lone ranger as Magpies build from the ground up

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Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...

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Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

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Dees skipper Nathan Jones confident of life after Roos

Nathan Jones is confident the Demons are building

Jake Niall On the eve of the Demons' historic home game against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs, Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones said he would have been ''extremely disappointed'' had the club not ushered in the...

DO NOT USE .... Port Power holds off determined challenge of emerging Demons

Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.

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Port Adelaide survives scare to beat Melbourne by 20 points

Port Adelaide players celebrating the win.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.

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Clearly, it's Buckley at the wheel

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Jake Niall In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.

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Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

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Hawks and Pies in a fight for Young love

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Jake Niall Clinton Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood.

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Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

Clinton Young.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

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Adelaide checks out White

Sydney's Jesse White.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.

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.

Demon Gysberts emerges as possible solution to Pederson trade

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Jake Niall North Melbourne has shown an interest in Melbourne midfielder Jordan Gysberts as a potential solution to the impasse in getting key position player Cameron Pederson to the Demons.

Frenzy was all tip and very little iceberg

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Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?

The new deal

Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.

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Up to eight new Demons for opening round

Melbourne's Shannon Byrnes and Jack Viney.

Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.

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The problem with Collingwood

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Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.

Buckley might drop big men after thrashing

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley gives Travis Cloke instructions during the game.

Jake Niall Collingwood coach notes that all his tall players were below par against Hawthorn.