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.

Selwood challenges decorated teammates to improve

Jake Niall Geelong captain Joel Selwood has challenged the club's decorated veterans, as much as the youngsters, to improve and take the club beyond the second week of the finals.

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.

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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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Geelong lucky to get past Carlton after a hard slog

Geelong's Steven Motlop prevents Kade Simpson and Sam Rowe getting to the ball.

Jake Niall In one of the better matches of 2014, Joel Selwood managed to break from a stoppage with barely a minute left and convert a long angle shot to snatch the lead - and the result - for a Geelong side...

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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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Why Nick Riewoldt must remain a Saint

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Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.

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AFL

Best in the nest

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Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.

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Poor ball usage cost us: Hird

Essendon's coach James Hird.

Jake Niall Essendon coach says Bombers did not use the ball well enough or convert opportunities against Geelong.

Classy Cats leaders of pack

Geelong's Joel Selwood is pushed off the ball by Essendon's Heath Hocking.

Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.

AFL

Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

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Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.

AFL

Flick... Cats turn off the Power

Hands off: Geelong's Harry Taylor pushes past Angus Monfries.

Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.

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AFL

Prey for the Hawks

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Jake Niall Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.

No returning to Never Never Land

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

Cats win no.9 after the bell

Tom Hawkins.

Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

Cats win No. 9 after bell

Geelong - again

Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

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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A champion in the making

Dustin Martin

Jake Niall Dustin Martin shows he's a force to be reckoned with.

Football

Fear not Victoria

Greater Western Sydney have assembled an extremely imposing group of youngsters.

Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.

The missing Ling

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Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?

Dees beaten, not bowed

Feet first: Colin Sylvia flies on the back of Tom Gillies.

Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.