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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'I hope I'd say no': Chris Judd on Essendon's supplements program

Chris Judd

Jake Niall Chris Judd says that he hoped he would have declined to participate in the supplements program had he been in the shoes of Essendon players.

Swann takes top job at Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.

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Greg Swann appointed Brisbane CEO

Greg Swann.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.

Troy Menzel tops uncontracted list for Blues

Target: Troy Menzel is one of Carlton's most exciting players.

Jake Niall Carlton’s Troy Menzel will chat about a new contract with the Blues later this year, with the exciting youngster the clear priority signing from a list of several Carlton players who are coming...

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

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Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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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.

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Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs is quite entitled to run his ruler over Carlton's offer and drafting strategy before deciding whether to stay.

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Pendlebury or Selwood? A choice of champions

Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood fight for the ball.

Jake Niall Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury have ascended to the game’s pinnacle almost in unison.

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Push comes to shove: AFL admits mistakes

Umpiring boss Wayne Campbell.

Jake Niall The AFL has acknowledged that the umpires have not paid enough frees for pushes in the back over the past couple of rounds.

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Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.

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Flick... Cats turn off the Power

Hands off: Geelong's Harry Taylor pushes past Angus Monfries.

Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.

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Saving the season

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Two great finals have helped rescue Andrew Demetriou's annus horribilis.

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Simpson's return to bolster Blues

Wonky: Kade Simpson is helped from the field after his collision with Sharrod Wellingham in round 15.

Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.

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Murphy steps up as a post-Judd leader

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton coach Brett Ratten said he believes Marc Murphy has enhanced his future captaincy prospects by his performances in the absence of suspended skipper Chris Judd.

Fixture reveals Blues and Tigers to open season

Carlton v Richmond

Jake Niall The AFL has made two major fixturing calls: Carlton and Richmond have retained their hold on the Thursday night season opener at the MCG next year, while Hawthorn and West Coast will meet on the...

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Greatest of all Tigers

Richmond's Trent Cotchin

Jake Niall Young Richmond star Trent Cotchin is the best of the modern breed.

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Port to update Boak on coach

Travis Boak

Jake Niall Port Adelaide will keep Travis Boak in the loop on the coaching appointment, as the club seeks to re-sign the out-of-contract midfielder while searching for Matthew Primus' long-term replacement.

We want Cloke, says Judd

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.