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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Collingwood surge has lasting effect

Jake Niall Few games of football have encapsulated the modern game's capacity for 180-degree momentum swings more than this one.

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

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

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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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.

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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.

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Pies tear apart paper Tigers

Steely resolve: Steele Sidebottom beats Nathan Gordon.

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.

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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.

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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.

Featherweights?

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

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...

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The problem with Collingwood

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

Judgment day

Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.

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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.

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Buckley mum on Elliott-Koschitzke incident

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declined to be drawn on the incident in which his small forward Jamie Elliott was collected by Justin Koschitzke.

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.

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

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Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

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.

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Buckley, Neeld hoping practice makes perfect

In the middle: Nathan Buckley (left) and Mark Neeld oversee practice.

Jake Niall Collingwood training more like match practice than a real practice match.

Hawks stitch up top guns

Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli

Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.

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It's tough at the top

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Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.