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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How much losing can Nathan Jones bear?

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Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.

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AFL 2014: A higher level

Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast

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Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.

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The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

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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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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.

Saints in talks with Montagna over contract

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Jake Niall St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

Watts moving forward in Demons reshuffle

Jack Watts and marking over Nathan Lovett-Murray last season.

Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.

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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.

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Defeat played out in the shadow of Stynes

The dejected Demons leave the MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Young Melbourne players unable to raise themselves for sombre season's opener.

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

Saints endure hellfire

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Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..

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Dees beaten, not bowed

Feet first: Colin Sylvia flies on the back of Tom Gillies.

Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.

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Burgoyne yet to pass price test

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Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.

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Tigers up and running

Got it: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt marks over Swan Ted Richards. He finished with four goals.

Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.

Swans fail the test

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JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...

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Dogs, Demons in hunt for Cloke

Wanted: Travis Cloke.

Jake Niall Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.

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