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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Ross Lyon reflects on the value of defeat

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has described the death of fellow coach Dean Bailey as a sobering event that puts his team's grand final defeat in perspective.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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How Hawthorn goes over and above in search of 'the edge'

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Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.

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AFL may pick up on Gaelic rule to cut congestion

Gaelic football

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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Fremantle strangles the Dees

Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers and Max Gawn of the Demons compete for the ball.

Jake Niall This Darwinian struggle between Demons and Dockers was about survival, not of the fittest, but of the most miserly. The winner would be the one who yielded the least.

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Anthony Morabito writes his own story in comeback AFL game for Fremantle Dockers

Morabito post-game.

Jake Niall When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.

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Experience a must for next Demons coach

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Jake Niall There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.

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Lyon: we'll put Hawks loss behind us

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said the Dockers would only review the first 30 minutes and ''a little bit'' of the second quarter from their huge loss to Hawthorn, which the club would put behind it.

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Hawthorn win is one for the ages

Step ahead: Hawk Luke Breust gets his kick away under pressure.

Jake Niall Have the Hawks ever played a better half than the opening two quarters of this grand final ''replay''?

Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.

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Push comes to shove: AFL admits mistakes

Umpiring boss Wayne Campbell.

Jake Niall The AFL has acknowledged that the umpires have not paid enough frees for pushes in the back over the past couple of rounds.

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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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Hawthorn and St Kilda: different sides of the equalisation debate

Rich club, poor club.

Jake Niall A few key decisions explain Hawthorn's emergence as one of the AFL's most powerful clubs while St Kilda, despite getting a lot right, is rubbing shoulders with the stragglers.

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Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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Jake Niall Once sidelined, spurned AFL coaches often struggle to get another guernsey.

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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

Jake Niall There had been talk that Freo had ‘‘earned’’ the right to open the season against the heavily supported black and whites.

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Hawks' forward 'trinity' must fire

Cyril Rioli.

Jake Niall In the preliminary final, the Hawks prevailed narrowly over the cursing Cats, despite the failure of their forward 'trinity' to produce goals.

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Coaching legacies on line

Grand Final Presser. Fremantle's coach Ross Lyon with Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson . 27th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.

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Winning comes down to golden goals

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Jake Niall Some crucial misses left Fremantle feeling every bit like Hawthorn did 12 months ago.

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