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.

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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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''?

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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

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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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Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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

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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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If lessons have been learnt, then road-tested coaches are the way to go

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Jake Niall The travails of Hird and Voss this week ought to be a teaching moment for a competition/industry.

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Freo numbers game nearly didn't add up

Oh yeah: Nick Riewoldt and the retiring Jason Blake and Justin Koschitzke join in St Kilda celebrations.

Jake Niall Coach Ross Lyon admits it would ''be a different conversation'' had Cats lost to Lions.

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The actuarial logic of the Ross adjuster

Nick Riewoldt drops a mark under pressure.

Jake Niall St Kilda gives its retiring trio a fitting send-off by scoring a 71-point win over Fremantle.

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Giants move on key Saint

Sam Fisher

Jake Niall Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, who has been approached by the Giants about a possible move.

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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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Fans faithful, but players paid to believe

Jake Niall Over the coming months, thousands of kids will be peeling the No.23 off their Hawthorn guernseys, due to the loss of their best Buddy.

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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.

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The least shall be first

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Jake Niall Favourite son or long-apprenticed assistant coach, who would you want your club to select?

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Melbourne's choice

Jake Niall Melbourne did the right thing in sticking with Neeld. Now it must run the ruler over the entire club.

No returning to Never Never Land

Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.

Marathon turns into a sprint

Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.