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.

AFL

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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Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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

AFL

AFL 2014: A higher level

Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

AFL

Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

Time for Bombers to take their medicine

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Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.

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Moves hang on Buddy's decision

Buddy FRanklin.

Jake Niall Essendon's Tom Bellchambers is one of a number of uncontracted players who have a vested interest in whether Lance Franklin remains a Hawk or leaves.

AFL

Bombers to be charged next week

James Hird.

Jake Niall Expect Essendon to be charged early next week. For the AFL, that's just in the nick of time, as the finals deadline beckons.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

AFL

Sydney's Franklin coup a terrible look for the AFL

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Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.

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AFL

Podsiadly becomes a Crow

James Podsiadly

Jake Niall Geelong's 2011 premiership key forward James Podsiadly is set to be confirmed as an Adelaide player as soon as today.

AFL

Revealed: Buddy Franklin to profit heavily in later years of mega-deal

Lance Franklin at the SCG on Wednesday.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Superstar forward's payments due to peak in the seventh and eighth seasons.

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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.

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The life of Brian: Hawks have seen a different Lake

Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.

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.

AFL

Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

Kurt Tippett

Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.

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Football

Junior star set to quit Suns for Victorian club

Josh Toy

Jake Niall Gold Coast Suns youngster Josh Toy is likely to be heading home to Melbourne next year.

AFL

Fleet of foot prevails over big birds

Crows defender Ben Rutten looks on as Hawk Cyril Rioli celebrates.

Jake Niall The Hawks didn’t choke. Adelaide choked them.

Football

Crucial move makes Rioli a trump card

Celebration: Cyril Rioli slots another goal.

Jake Niall Cyril Rioli was 'buggered' in the last quarter, when Alastair Clarkson made the game's most telling move, shifting the electric Cyril deeper into attack, where his jolts revived a flatlining team.

AFL

Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.