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.

Swan, Buckley men on different paths

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Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.

Hitouts to the Max

Jake Niall Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.

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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.

The big issue: who can back up Jolly?

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Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?

AFL

Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out

Collingwood's Chris Dawes

Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.

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AFL

Cats set to pounce on Demon, Roo

AFL, Football,Round 10. North Melbourne V Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.North's Hamish McIntosh in action.
May 30 2009.THE AGE SPORT.  Picture by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.

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Beams to stay with Pies

Collingwood's Dayne Beams

Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.

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Pies back Krakouer as injured stars improve

Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.

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.

Buckley and the search for footy utopia

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.

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AFL

Tarrant injury sours Pies win

Chris Tarrant

Jake Niall Collingwood's opening victory of 2012 has been soured by a calf injury to veteran Chris Tarrant, whom coach Nathan Buckley conceded had virtually no chance of playing in Friday night's clash with...

Football

BIG JAM for Bucks

Luke Ball

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.

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Harry O, the lone ranger

Handball to space: Pie Dayne Beams brings Port's Hamish Hartlett to ground yesterday.

Jake Niall Seemingly innocuous game against Port a significant challenge for Collingwood.

Pies survive fright from plucky Eagles

Magpie moments: Dane Swan wins the ball for Collingwood in the match against West Coast at the MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.

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.

AFL

Pies maul Cats as Suns shine

Caught: Collingwood's Nathan Brown is wrapped up by Geelong players at the soaked MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Often this season the AFL has seemed to be a two-tiered competition.