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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AFL 2014: A higher level

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Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

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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Sydney's Franklin coup a terrible look for the AFL

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Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.

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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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Melbourne's early deal sparks trade frenzy

Paul Roos

Jake Niall Melbourne's trading of pick No.2 for Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson was the first of a dramatic sequence of trades on a frenetic Friday.

AFL

Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

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West to head north as Lions restore some pride

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Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

The big issue: who can back up Jolly?

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Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?

AFL

Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out

Collingwood's Chris Dawes

Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.

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Swans have room for recruit

Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.

Anatomy of a grand final heist

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Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.

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Naitanui gets the jump on his rivals

Nic Naitanui

Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".

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Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

Kurt Tippett

Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.

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Saints fan, look away now...

Sacrificial Saint: Nick Dal Santo is a player with currency who could help give the club a strong hand in the draft.

Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.

Luck of the draw

Lance Franklin and Tom Lonergan

Jake Niall When the Hawks and Swans meet today one club knows its run to the flag is burdened by AFL fixturing.

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Tigers up and running

Got it: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt marks over Swan Ted Richards. He finished with four goals.

Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.

Swans fail the test

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JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...

The real deal

Fremantle

Jake Niall It's wasn't the deal of the decade, but it is one that keeps on giving.