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

AFL players push radical free agency plan

Jake Niall AFL players are pushing hard for a new free agency that would be make it much easier for players to move to a third club.

AFL

Like father, like son: Ablett and Langford

Clash of the titans:Geelong's Gary Ablett
and Hawk Chris Langford.

Jake Niall Almost a quarter century after his father was given the challenge of curbing a fellow called Gary Ablett in a storied grand final, Will Langford could well be asked to do the same on Saturday evening.

AFL

Pendlebury or Selwood? A choice of champions

Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood fight for the ball.

Jake Niall Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury have ascended to the game’s pinnacle almost in unison.

AFL

Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

AFL

Tigers can't do without Hampson

Shaun Hampson.

Jake Niall When Richmond gave up its second round draft selection for Shaun Hampson in October, there were sceptics aplenty within the football fraternity who considered that the Tigers had paid ''overs.''

AFL

Playing to win - the new football workplace

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Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

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

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Lions need Fitzroyalty

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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Two towers

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Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.

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Under the radar

Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.

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The Lance chance

Lance Franklin

Jake Niall The Hawks could buy two quality midfielders for what the esteemed Buddy Franklin costs them.

Plenty to beam about on night of nights

Geelong's Andrew Mackie talks to Suns' captain Gary Ablett after the game.

Jake Niall The locals in Geelong weren't expecting a Close Encounter of any kind.

It wasn't about me: Ablett

Geelong's Harry Taylor greets Gary Ablett after the game.

Jake Niall Gary Ablett downplays the significance of his homecoming, expressing disappointment that the Suns faded.

AFL

AFL to play no part in Giants' bid for Franklin

Lance Franklin.

Jake Niall Hawthorn confirms AFL boss told club league would not lure Lance Franklin to GWS.

No returning to Never Never Land

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Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.

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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.

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Greatest of all Tigers

Richmond's Trent Cotchin

Jake Niall Young Richmond star Trent Cotchin is the best of the modern breed.

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Free agency banking ban hits top clubs

AFL crystal ball.

Jake Niall The bottom teams have been handed a significant advantage over the top sides under the free agency system, with the AFL confirming that clubs cannot ''bank'' the draft pick they earn when they lose a...

AFL

Cats join Caddy chase

Josh Caddy

Jake Niall Geelong joins Essendon and other Victorian clubs in race for Gold Coast youngster.

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Father knows best

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Jake Niall On Brownlow eve, consider Jobe Watson's career and why he would be a deserving winner.