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

Collingwood in the age of the Buckley evolution

Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

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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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Saints and Demons head for heaven or hell

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Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.

Hitouts to the Max

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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.

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...

Free Don

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Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.

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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Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.

The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

Naitanui gets the jump on his rivals

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Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".

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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.

AFL

Unleash the mongrel

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Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.

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.

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Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

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Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

AFL

Collingwood re-signs Elliott, Witts

Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.

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.

Magpies' joy tempered by setbacks

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Jake Niall Collingwood's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.

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.