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.

Hitouts to the Max

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

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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Dons' Goddard quandary

Brendon Goddard

Jake Niall Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.

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AFL

St Kilda's turn to go shopping

Josh Caddy.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

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Burly Hurley flies hard for Bombers

On a charge: Essendon's Michael Hurley tries to stop Brisbane's Matt Maguire from kicking it during the Bombers' 56-point win.

Jake Niall Michael Hurley underscores his status as Essendon's present and future.

AFL

A case of work (no) rest and play

AFL Round 5 Anzac Day Match between Essendon and Collingwood at the MCG.
Bombers coach James Hird and captain Jobe Watson stand arm in arm for the minutes silence. Melbourne. 25 April 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.

Football

Bombers move to shore up list

AFL Round 23.Essendon v Port Adelaide.Ports David Rodan chases Essendons Brent Stanton.Etihad Stadium.28 August 2011.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Essendon and Brent Stanton are close to agreement on a three-year contract extension.

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An uphill battle

Essendon ruckman David Hille

Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.