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

Krakouer confident of value to team

Andrew Krakouer

Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer confident he can make a genuine impact on Magpie's finals campaign.

'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

Hawks stitch up top guns

Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli

Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.

Why brown and gold is the new black

Hawks superstar Buddy Franklin prepares to run through the banner

Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.

Buckley and the search for footy utopia

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.

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Pendlebury will stick with Pies: Buckley

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury.

Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.

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Football

BIG JAM for Bucks

Luke Ball

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.

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Football

Cats throw debutants into the fire

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.