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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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn are not simply playing for ladder leadership and boasting rights in their magnificent rivalry.

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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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Paradise postponed at Richmond

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Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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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Blues need chopping block

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Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.

Two towers

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

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The campaign

Jake Niall Richmond stopped searching for a messiah and put away old rivalries to find success.

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Richmond moves on contracts

Dustin Martin.

Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...

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Jobe slaughters Tigers

Gotcha: Jobe Watson stops Tiger Brett Deledio in his tracks.

Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.

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Well tuned Tigers hit winning note

Mitch Robinson.

Jake Niall There were many times when the Richmond crowd were thinking 'it's happening again'.

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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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We want Cloke, says Judd

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Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.

Out of the hole

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Jake Niall It was no groundhog year for the Tigers who appear to be a club escaping the shadows of the past.

Tigers on prowl for North forward Edwards

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Jake Niall Richmond is a strongly considering acquiring out-of-contract North Melbourne forward Aaron Edwards.

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Tigers on prowl for North forward Edwards

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Jake Niall Richmond is a strongly considering acquiring out-of-contract North Melbourne forward Aaron Edwards.

Saints hold out hope on late trade for Brown

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Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda is still hopeful that a deal can be struck for Mitch Brown.

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Tigers avoid an opening disaster

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Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.

Blue the looking glass

Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.

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Tigers up and running

Got it: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt marks over Swan Ted Richards. He finished with four goals.

Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.

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Gritty Tigers hold off Saints

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Jake Niall Not even the most sobering talk by Damien Hardwick will be able to contain the fervour at Punt Road now.