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

Nathan Buckley wants all players to take coaching courses

Collingwood AFL training, coach Nathan Buckley.

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley calls for every player to do a coaching course to prepare for a coaching career.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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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.

AFL

Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

Buckley might drop big men after thrashing

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley gives Travis Cloke instructions during the game.

Jake Niall Collingwood coach notes that all his tall players were below par against Hawthorn.

The show must go on

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Jake Niall Olympic pomp may have turned the AFL chief's head, but, Andrew, while you were gone …

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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Young Saint's ACL fears

Jake Niall A St Kilda youngster has suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at the club's altitude training camp in Colorado.

Young Saint's ACL fears

Injured: Daniel Markworth.

Jake Niall St Kilda youngster suffers suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at club's camp in Colorado.

Harry O, the lone ranger

Handball to space: Pie Dayne Beams brings Port's Hamish Hartlett to ground yesterday.

Jake Niall Seemingly innocuous game against Port a significant challenge for Collingwood.

Magpies rule out Arizona return

The Pies in Arizona last year: (from left) sport science director David Buttifant, Darren Jolly, Nathan Brown, Dane Swan and Brent Macaffer.

Jake Niall Possibility of another trip to assist a small group of players not on agenda.

Pies survive fright from plucky Eagles

Magpie moments: Dane Swan wins the ball for Collingwood in the match against West Coast at the MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.

Football

Cats throw debutants into the fire

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.

Prize Pies are flying

Dale Thomas and Travis Cloke.

Jake Niall Pies expected to confirm adding All-Australian pair Travis Cloke and Dale Thomas and recalled defender Heath Shaw to new leadership group.

Pies back Krakouer as injured stars improve

Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

A case of work (no) rest and play

AFL Round 5 Anzac Day Match between Essendon and Collingwood at the MCG.
Bombers coach James Hird and captain Jobe Watson stand arm in arm for the minutes silence. Melbourne. 25 April 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.