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.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

AFL

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.

AFL

Pies may regain four to play Blues

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Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.

Hungry Hawks bury Dons

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge

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

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Hawks feather their nest

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Jake Niall As if the outlook for Hawthorn wasn't rosy enough, the Hawks' vice-captain has returned.

AFL

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.

AFL

Hawks and Pies in a fight for Young love

Clinton Young

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

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

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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.

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?

Paying the price

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Jake Niall Now the shoe's on the other foot and the Hawks are grand final losers, expect a robust response.

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AFL

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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AFL

Home a big lure for Franklin: Pie

Lance Franklin

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Collingwood forward says that ''Buddy'' should only do ''what's best for him''.

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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