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.

The Sydney dynasty beckons

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Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Jake Niall Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and will likely miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

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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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Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

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Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.

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Lance Franklin fires late as Swans notch up ninth straight win

Richmond's Nathan Foley is tackled by Sydney's Nick Malceski during Friday's round 14 match.

Jake Niall AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

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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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The six days that shook the Hawks - and the premiership

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Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Blues axe veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes

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Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.

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Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast

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Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.

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Saints and Demons head for heaven or hell

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Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.

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Sydney's Buddy big problem

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Jake Niall It's 2020 and Lance Franklin's massive contract is causing the Swans a few headaches.

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AFL draftees at top of private school class

Back row (from left: Matt Scharenberg, Christian Salem (Brighton Grammar), Kade Kolodjashnij, Nathan Freeman (Haileybury), James Aish
(Concordia College). Front row: Jack Billings (Scotch College), Tom Boyd (Luther College), Josh Kelly (Brighton Grammar), Marcus Bontempelli (Marcellin).

Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.

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Swans have room for recruit

Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.

The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

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Best in the nest

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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Blues need chopping block

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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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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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.

Anatomy of a grand final heist

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Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.

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