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.

Scott Pendlebury a lone ranger as Magpies build from the ground up

Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

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

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Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Jake Niall Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and will likely miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

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Magpies not in hunt for James Frawley

Top defender: James Frawley.

Jake Niall Collingwood, widely speculated to be among the leading contenders for Melbourne's James Frawley, is not in the hunt for the free agent defender.

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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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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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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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Pies tear apart paper Tigers

Steely resolve: Steele Sidebottom beats Nathan Gordon.

Jake Niall This match was viewed as consequential, not so much for the winner, but for the loser. At 2-2 after four rounds, a team is respectable. At 1-3, you're in the bunker.

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.

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Collingwood surge has lasting effect

Dane Swan

Jake Niall Few games of football have encapsulated the modern game's capacity for 180-degree momentum swings more than this one.

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Magpies offer Ben Reid a four-year deal

Wanted man: Collingwood star Ben Reid.

Jake Niall Collingwood moves to secure Ben Reid from the free agency marketplace.

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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.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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Grundy, Reid agree to terms with Pies

Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.

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Dale Thomas to sign four-year deal with Carlton

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Collingwood's iconic star Dale Thomas will announce his wish to join Carlton as a free agent, with the Blues set to secure him on a four-year deal worth close to $700,000 a season.

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Why the Dees alone are facing probe

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Jake Niall There are three factors that compel the AFL to investigate the allegations of tanking.

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Best in the nest

Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.

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Be like Pendles: Malthouse to Gibbs

Bryce Gibbs

Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.

Judgment day

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Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.

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Collingwood re-signs Elliott, Witts

Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.