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.

Why Nick Riewoldt must remain a Saint

Nick Riewoldt

Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.

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St Kilda runs into a 'perfect storm'

When the Saints were last on
the bottom they had strong
existing talent such as a midcareer
Robert Harvey.

Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.

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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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Hawks break records ... and the Saints

Jake Niall What's the difference between Hawthorn and St Kilda? We could say that one team stayed in Tasmania and the other left; that one has far better stadium arrangements, and that, consequently, one has...

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Nick off, he's the Maxwell for all seasons

Nick Maxwell.

Jake Niall Nick Maxwell's renaissance has been remarkable, and unexpected.

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Playing to win - the new football workplace

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Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

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Pendlebury or Selwood? A choice of champions

Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood fight for the ball.

Jake Niall Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury have ascended to the game’s pinnacle almost in unison.

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Riewoldt, Pavlich, Brown – take your pick

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Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich and Jonathan Brown are still stars for their respective clubs, but which has had the better AFL career?

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Saints and Demons head for heaven or hell

Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.

Bombers in chase for Goddard

Brendon Goddard: Bombers are keen.

Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.

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Officer class, but Riewoldt needs captain in waiting

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Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.

The end of an error?

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Jake Niall Forget ''narcotic correctness'' the AFL must find a simpler way to tackle its most pressing problem.

Buckley's big gambles produce mixed results

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley addresses his troops at quarter-time.

Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.

AFL

Why the Saints need Dal Santo

On the ball: Nick Dal Santo of the Saints.

Jake Niall Nick Dal Santo has always been a player whom opposition clubs watched closely.

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Tall forwards are finding speed a killer

Carlton's Robert Warnock and Shaun Hampson spoil each other.

Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.

St Kilda looked at Milne playing next year

Stephen Milne

Jake Niall St Kilda had discussed the possibility of Stephen Milne playing on in 2014 with both the player and his management prior to him being charged with rape.

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16th v 17th: When the sideshow becomes the show

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Jake Niall Seldom has a more meaningless game contained more meaning.

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Saints in talks with Montagna over contract

Leigh Montagna

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.

Demons' recruiters beaten by the press

MCJ 4th Apr 2012
Melbourne Football Club Mark Neeld speaks to media about the  Davey Mifsud affair before training.
The Age/Sport, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones AAMI Park,

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

Welcome back, Lenny

Lenny Hayes at St Kilda training

Jake Niall When Lenny Hayes had a knee reconstruction about this time last year, St Kilda people may not have said it, but the thought bubble that formed instantly was almost universal: That's our season.