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

Pies tear apart paper Tigers

Jake Niall This match was viewed as consequential, not so much for the winner, but for the loser. At 2-2 after four rounds, a team is respectable. At 1-3, you're in the bunker.

AFL

Top four is easy to predict except for one

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

Comments 25

AFL

Grundy, Reid agree to terms with Pies

Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.

AFL

Magpies offer Ben Reid a four-year deal

Wanted man: Collingwood star Ben Reid.

Jake Niall Collingwood moves to secure Ben Reid from the free agency marketplace.

AFL

Hawthorn top of the class

Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe and Hawthorn's Lance Franklin in a trial of strength at the MCG.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.

AFL

Lightning strikes twice, stuns Pies

Power point: Ollie Wines celebrates one of his two goals.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.

Buckley's big gambles produce mixed results

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley addresses his troops at quarter-time.

Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.

Buckley might drop big men after thrashing

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

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.

Six-day rule costs Swan two games

Suspended: Dane Swan's indiscretion has cost him a two-match ban.

Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.

Swan, Buckley men on different paths

Jake-Niall-sport-dinks

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

Jake Niall

Ablett's only win in 2012 may be a Brownlow

Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.

Comments 14

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.

Comments 10

Featherweights?

Jake-Niall-sport-dinks

Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.

Daisy digs deep and comes up smelling of roses

Jake Niall Dale Thomas hasn't had a flash season. Not given to overstatement, Thomas called his mediocre qualifying final effort against Hawthorn a ''shocker'' and at half-time last night he was still stuck on...

Not hot air: Magpies prove benefits of altitude training

The Pies in Arizona in 2011: (from left) sport science director David Buttifant, Darren Jolly, Nathan Brown, Dane Swan and Brent Macaffer.

Jake Niall As with man-induced global warming, altitude training has believers and sceptics.

Young Saint's ACL fears

Jake Niall A St Kilda youngster has suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at the club's altitude training camp in Colorado.

Young Saint's ACL fears

Injured: Daniel Markworth.

Jake Niall St Kilda youngster suffers suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at club's camp in Colorado.

Officer class, but Riewoldt needs captain in waiting

Jake-Niall-sport-dinks

Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.

AFL

The problem with Collingwood

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