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...

Clarkson's Commandos do John Kennedy proud

Alastair Clarkson (left) and assistant Brendon Bolton.

Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...

How Hawthorn left Collingwood in the dust

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Jake Niall Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival

Time for Blues to ditch Mitch

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Jake Niall Mitch Robinson should not remain at Carlton next year. Robinson is still out of contract, with talks on hold. If there is a taker, as there surely will be, the Blues should expedite the trade.

AFL judiciary system on the nose, says retired Magpie Nick Maxwell

'I don’t agree with the whole philosophy that it’s guilty before proven innocent.' said former Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell.

Jake Niall Collingwood's newly retired former premiership captain Nick Maxwell is pleased Geelong's Steve Johnson took on the AFL match review verdict at the tribunal and called for the overhaul of a system...

Swann takes top job at Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.

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Greg Swann appointed Brisbane CEO

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley blunders on Maxwell, Keeffe

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Jake Niall Nathan Buckley has rightly put his players on notice for what was probably the low water mark for Collingwood since he succeeded Mick Malthouse.

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AFL may pick up on Gaelic rule to cut congestion

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Jake Niall The ''Gaelic football rule'' that means a player cannot grab the ball if he is on the ground received some support from AFL coaches who met over dinner with AFL bosses Gillon McLachlan and Mike...

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Jarrad Waite should swap navy blue for purple

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Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.

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Victorian clubs drowning as tidal wave of interstate clubs line up for premierships

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Jake Niall To comprehend the dimensions of the tidal wave that is approaching Victorian clubs, consider this question: Which four or five clubs would be most confident of winning a premiership within the next...

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Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

Jake Niall Late in Mark Thompson's first year as senior coach at Geelong, his chairman of selectors - former Richmond premiership player, coach and president Barry Richardson - had a discussion with...

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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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Fans faithful, but players paid to believe

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Jake Niall Over the coming months, thousands of kids will be peeling the No.23 off their Hawthorn guernseys, due to the loss of their best Buddy.

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Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

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Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

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West to head north as Lions restore some pride

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

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Clearly, it's Buckley at the wheel

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Jake Niall In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.

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Belatedly, Blues lose defender

High point: Nick Duigan celebrates his fourth goal against Richmond in an elimination final this year.

Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.

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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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