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.

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

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Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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Geelong lucky to get past Carlton after a hard slog

Geelong's Steven Motlop prevents Kade Simpson and Sam Rowe getting to the ball.

Jake Niall In one of the better matches of 2014, Joel Selwood managed to break from a stoppage with barely a minute left and convert a long angle shot to snatch the lead - and the result - for a Geelong side...

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Bryce Gibbs to re-sign with Carlton for up to five years

A cut abouve the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs and Carlton have committed to one another, with the free agent midfielder to sign a long-term contract of either four or five seasons.

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

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Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

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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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Officer class, but Riewoldt needs captain in waiting

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Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.

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With all the Cloke and dagger contract talks over, a big Magpie is ready to fly

Collingwood footballer Travis Cloke.

Jake Niall Travis Cloke is approaching this season with a clean slate, writes Jake Niall.

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Be like Pendles: Malthouse to Gibbs

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Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.

Murphy set to lead Carlton

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Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.

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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.

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Tigers avoid an opening disaster

Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.

Judgment day

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

Catch-up Blues fall shy

At a stretch: Geelong forward Paul Chapman (left) and Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs battle for the ball during the Cats' victory.

Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.

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.

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I was whacked three times, says Scotland

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Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences

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Dons do the improbable

Gotcha: Essendon’s Joe Daniher tackles Carlton’s Lachie Henderson during their clash at the MCG

Jake Niall Carlton-Essendon games have a knack for the unexpected, for comebacks, upsets and stunning individual performances. This one, which had seemed headed for an unexceptional outcome, was no exception.

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Lions need Fitzroyalty

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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Roos find new way to fall just short

That's got to hurt: Carlton's Andrew McInnes and North's Aaron Black collide.

Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

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Well tuned Tigers hit winning note

Mitch Robinson.

Jake Niall There were many times when the Richmond crowd were thinking 'it's happening again'.

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Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.