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.

Bomber Thompson's team

Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

The unresolved Hird question

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Jake Niall On the morning after its first game of 2014, the Essendon Football Club inhaled slowly and smelt the roses from a memorable victory.

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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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.

AFL

Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

Harry Taylor.

Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.

AFL

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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AFL

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.

Dons close to Watson deal

Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson.

Jake Niall Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.

AFL

Jobe slaughters Tigers

Gotcha: Jobe Watson stops Tiger Brett Deledio in his tracks.

Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.

AFL

Blues stars return for Dons clash

Eddie Betts and Chris Judd.

Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.

AFL

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.

Bombers losing grip on finals

Flying Hawk: Cyril Rioli leaps over Courtenay Dempsey last night.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.

Hungry Hawks bury Dons

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge

Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.

From princes to frogs

Since 2001, Essendon's fairytale has become a decade of mediocrity.

Jake Niall After the 2001 grand final defeat, the Essendon fairytale turned into a 10-year spell of mediocrity.

AFL

Speed before size for trim Bombers

Shadows of themselves: Coach James Hird wants a trimmer Essendon team.

Jake Niall Essendon emphasising endurance over size in preparation for 2013.

Football

Bombers move to shore up list

AFL Round 23.Essendon v Port Adelaide.Ports David Rodan chases Essendons Brent Stanton.Etihad Stadium.28 August 2011.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Essendon and Brent Stanton are close to agreement on a three-year contract extension.

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Football

Fear not Victoria

Greater Western Sydney have assembled an extremely imposing group of youngsters.

Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.

Burly Hurley flies hard for Bombers

On a charge: Essendon's Michael Hurley tries to stop Brisbane's Matt Maguire from kicking it during the Bombers' 56-point win.

Jake Niall Michael Hurley underscores his status as Essendon's present and future.

Football

Jamar high on Giants' ruck list

Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar.

Jake Niall Melbourne's All-Australian ruckman is among those GWS is eyeing off for next year.

Demons' recruiters beaten by the press

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Melbourne Football Club Mark Neeld speaks to media about the  Davey Mifsud affair before training.
The Age/Sport, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones AAMI Park,

Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.