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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Tigers atone for past sins with win over Blues

Richmond v Carlton AFL round 2 MCG , Richmonds Dustin Martin celebrates the sealing  goal
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 27th of March 2014

Jake Niall The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

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.

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Henderson to stay put at Blues

AFL.Round 16. Carlton v St.Kilda.Carlton's Lachie Henderson in action at Etihad Stadium.13th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.

Roos find new way to fall just short

That's got to hurt: Carlton's Andrew McInnes and North's Aaron Black collide.

Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Blues find winning form

Perched nicely: Carlton's Chris Yarran climbs on the back of Adelaide defender Ben Rutten at the MCG.

Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.

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Tall forwards are finding speed a killer

Carlton's Robert Warnock and Shaun Hampson spoil each other.

Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.

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Dons do the improbable

Gotcha: Essendon’s Joe Daniher tackles Carlton’s Lachie Henderson during their clash at the MCG

Jake Niall Carlton-Essendon games have a knack for the unexpected, for comebacks, upsets and stunning individual performances. This one, which had seemed headed for an unexceptional outcome, was no exception.

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

Travis Cloke

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

Simpson's return to bolster Blues

Wonky: Kade Simpson is helped from the field after his collision with Sharrod Wellingham in round 15.

Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.

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Casboult in contract talks with Carlton

Levi Casboult

Jake Niall Carlton's surprise-packet forward seeks to capitalise on his form by negotiating a two-year deal.

We want Cloke, says Judd

Travis Cloke

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

Silence of the Blues a surprise

Blue target: Quinten Lynch.

Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.

Fairytale for Blue unlikely

Carlton's Sam Rowe

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.

Murphy set to lead Carlton

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Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.

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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.

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Tigers avoid an opening disaster

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

Judgment day

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