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

Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.

What the clubs talk, the Bloods walk

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Jake Niall The mysterious Swans culture has become like Colonel Sanders' herbs and spices.

Anatomy of a grand final heist

Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.

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Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

Clinton Young.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

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Naitanui gets the jump on his rivals

Nic Naitanui

Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".

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AFL

Adelaide checks out White

Sydney's Jesse White.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.

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.

The big issue: who can back up Jolly?

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Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?

AFL

Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out

Collingwood's Chris Dawes

Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.

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