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.

Clarkson's Commandos do John Kennedy proud

Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...

Hawthorn in the hunt in bid to become best of era

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Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.

Hawthorn edges out Port Adelaide, sets up flag tilt with Sydney

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Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

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Hawks edge Swans after a gripping contest

Close combatants: Josh Gibson and Lance Franklin.

Jake Niall In a season supposedly beset with underwhelming footy, Hawthorn and Sydney produced what was surely the season's highest calibre game, in a contest between teams that will surely meet again at the...

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Hawthorn win is one for the ages

Step ahead: Hawk Luke Breust gets his kick away under pressure.

Jake Niall Have the Hawks ever played a better half than the opening two quarters of this grand final ''replay''?

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Sewell's mid-season pre-season

Brad Sewell (right) is chased by Ryan Crowley during the 2013 grand final against Fremantle.

Jake Niall Hawthorn dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has opted to undergo a ''mini pre-season''’ in an attempt to ensure he is match-fit and ready for senior football after the bye.

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Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

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Ruthless Hawks tame lame Lions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Dayle Garlett of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round one AFL NAB Cup match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.

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Is the game running away from Hawthorn?

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Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.

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Happy Roughead extends contract

Hawthorn footballer Jarryd Roughead.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Hawthorn's versatile forward/utility becomes latest Hawk to commit for the long-term.

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Hawks feast on Bombers

Essendon's Michael Hibberd makes a grab for Hawthorn's Brian Lake.

Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.

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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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Hawthorn revival almost too late

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Jake Niall Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.

Hawthorn adapts to life without Buddy

Alastair Clarkson (2nd right) sings the team song with the players in the dressing room after his team defeated Collingwood.

Jake Niall Coach says it shows Hawks have a ''plan B'' in the event of a catastrophic injury.

Hungry Hawks bury Dons

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge

Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.

Marathon turns into a sprint

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Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.

Cats win no.9 after the bell

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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.

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.