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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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

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Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn are not simply playing for ladder leadership and boasting rights in their magnificent rivalry.

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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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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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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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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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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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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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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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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Hawthorn top of the class

Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe and Hawthorn's Lance Franklin in a trial of strength at the MCG.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.

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Port takes 'enormous belief' from win over Pies

Port coach Ken Hinkley and Travis Boak are all smiles after the match.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide will take on Geelong next week expecting to perform well again.

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Lightning strikes twice, stuns Pies

Power point: Ollie Wines celebrates one of his two goals.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.

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Dale Thomas to sign four-year deal with Carlton

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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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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.

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.

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Magpie Dwyer may be recruit of the year, says Maxwell

Geelong's Allen Christensen battles with Collingwood's Sam Dwyer at the MCG.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

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Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

Six-day rule costs Swan two games

Suspended: Dane Swan's indiscretion has cost him a two-match ban.

Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.

Swan, Buckley men on different paths

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Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.

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Ablett's only win in 2012 may be a Brownlow

Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.

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