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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Jarryd Roughead and Cyril Rioli face sidelines after Hawks' loss to Swans

Not much to cheer about: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson during the game on Friday.

Jake Niall Hawthorn is counting the cost of its 19-point loss to Sydney, with star forwards Jarryd Roughead and Cyril Rioli likely to face periods on the sidelines.

Tight win over Geelong not good enough for finals: Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

How Hawthorn goes over and above in search of 'the edge'

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Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.

The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

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Hawks look at three debutants

Ben McEvoy is set to make his Hawthorn debut.

Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team

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Hawthorn win is one for the ages

Step ahead: Hawk Luke Breust gets his kick away under pressure.

Jake Niall Have the Hawks ever played a better half than the opening two quarters of this grand final ''replay''?

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.

Hawks break records ... and the Saints

Jake Niall What's the difference between Hawthorn and St Kilda? We could say that one team stayed in Tasmania and the other left; that one has far better stadium arrangements, and that, consequently, one has...

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Ruthless Hawks give St Kilda a football education

Saints v Hawks

Jake Niall Hawthorn destroyed St Kilda by a record 145 points, but lost stars Sam Mitchell and Brian Lake to injury at the MCG.

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Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

Grant Birchall concedes the Swans were harder, bigger, better

Grant Birchall and Sydney's Sam Reid both make a grab for the ball.

Jake Niall Hawthorn's gun defender Grant Birchall has attributed the flag favourite's Friday evening defeat to the Swans being harder, bigger bodied and cleaner than the Hawks.

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The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

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Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

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Hawks felled again with defender Josh Gibson out for 10 weeks

Hawk Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Hawthorn's mounting injury difficulties have worsened dramatically, with gun defender Josh Gibson having pectoral surgery that will see him miss the next 10 weeks.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

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Hawthorn revival almost too late

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Jake Niall Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.

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Hawks' forward 'trinity' must fire

Cyril Rioli.

Jake Niall In the preliminary final, the Hawks prevailed narrowly over the cursing Cats, despite the failure of their forward 'trinity' to produce goals.

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Coaching legacies on line

Grand Final Presser. Fremantle's coach Ross Lyon with Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson . 27th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.

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Hawks' flag built on grand designs

Luke Hodge , John Kennedy and Alastair Clarkson

Jake Niall When Lance Franklin finally tells Hawthorn his plans for next year, the shock will only come if he informs the club that he's staying.

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AFL draftees at top of private school class

Back row (from left: Matt Scharenberg, Christian Salem (Brighton Grammar), Kade Kolodjashnij, Nathan Freeman (Haileybury), James Aish
(Concordia College). Front row: Jack Billings (Scotch College), Tom Boyd (Luther College), Josh Kelly (Brighton Grammar), Marcus Bontempelli (Marcellin).

Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.