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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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse blasts umpiring non-calls

Jake Niall Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has questioned three umpiring decisions - including a last minute incident involving Geelong runner Nigel Lappin and Mitch Robinson - in the wake of Carlton's unlucky...

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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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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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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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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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We want Cloke, says Judd

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.

Silence of the Blues a surprise

Blue target: Quinten Lynch.

Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.

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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.

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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Blues set to use cup to trial tyros

On his way back: Michael Jamison.

Jake Niall Carlton will use NAB Cup to trial as many first- and second-year players as possible.

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Back and forward

Jarrad Waite.

Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.

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.

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It's tough at the top

Hawthorn's Max Bailey

Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.

Another dose of Blues for Tigers

Cool Blue: Carlton's Bryce Gibbs looks for a teammate in the match against Richmond on Thursday night.

Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?

Football

Blues give Judd well-earned rest

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Jake Niall Carlton will rest skipper Chris Judd for Sunday's game against Greater Western Sydney.

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Blue the looking glass

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Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.

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New Roos blast Blues

Carlton v North Melbourne

Jake Niall Kangaroos demolish Carlton in a manner redolent of what the club did in Wayne Carey’s prime.

The more things change...

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Jake Niall Sacking the coach rarely gives clubs the immediate reward they are looking for. Take note, Blues.