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

St Kilda runs into a 'perfect storm'

When the Saints were last on
the bottom they had strong
existing talent such as a midcareer
Robert Harvey.

Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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AFL

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.

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

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.

AFL

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.

Free Don

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Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.

The journey

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

Tippett defiant as Crows cop it sweet

Kurt Tippett remains determined to clear his name at Friday's AFL Commission hearing.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Kurt Tippett remains determined to clear his name at Friday's AFL Commission hearing.

Heat put on AFL to lift interchange

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.

AFL

Trials to show how far Hawks have grown

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

Jake Niall Hawthorn can prove itself a strong organisation by recovering for the 2013 season, according to club president Andrew Newbold.

AFL

Unleash the mongrel

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Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.

AFL

The problem with Collingwood

Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.

Judgment day

Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.

Magpies' joy tempered by setbacks

Nathan Buckley.

Jake Niall Collingwood's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.

AFL

Magpie Dwyer may be recruit of the year, says Maxwell

Geelong's Allen Christensen battles with Collingwood's Sam Dwyer at the MCG.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.

No returning to Never Never Land

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

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

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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Prize Pies are flying

Dale Thomas and Travis Cloke.

Jake Niall Pies expected to confirm adding All-Australian pair Travis Cloke and Dale Thomas and recalled defender Heath Shaw to new leadership group.