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.

DO NOT USE .... Port Power holds off determined challenge of emerging Demons

Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.

AFL

Dees 'extremely disappointed' in near miss: Roos

Paul Roos is interviewed by former AFL star Barry Hall during the game.

Jake Niall Melbourne coach Paul Roos has raised the bar for his side, saying the Demons were ''extremely disappointed'' to lose to Port Adelaide after leading in the final quarter.

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Port Adelaide survives scare to beat Melbourne by 20 points

Port Adelaide players celebrating the win.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.

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North needs boost beyond Boom times

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Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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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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Flick... Cats turn off the Power

Hands off: Geelong's Harry Taylor pushes past Angus Monfries.

Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.

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AFL

Cats join Caddy chase

Josh Caddy

Jake Niall Geelong joins Essendon and other Victorian clubs in race for Gold Coast youngster.

Bombers in chase for Goddard

Brendon Goddard: Bombers are keen.

Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.

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Free Don

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Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.

The journey

Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

Chaplin courted by rival clubs

Troy Chaplin being pursued by Drew Petrie, June 2011.

Jake Niall Four or five clubs, including St Kilda and Richmond, have shown interest in Port Adelaide free agent and key defender Troy Chaplin.

Beams to stay with Pies

Collingwood's Dayne Beams

Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.

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Port to update Boak on coach

Travis Boak

Jake Niall Port Adelaide will keep Travis Boak in the loop on the coaching appointment, as the club seeks to re-sign the out-of-contract midfielder while searching for Matthew Primus' long-term replacement.

Boak considers future

Travis Boak gets ready to tackle Bulldog Tom Liberatore.

Jake Niall Talented Port Adelaide midfielder will consider his future when he returns home to Victoria during bye weekend.

Cats 'compo' pick crucial to Boak deal

Popular: Port Adelaide out-of-contract midfielder Travis Boak.

Jake Niall There is a way for Travis Boak to become a Cat should he leave Port and ask to be traded to Geelong.

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Football

League concerned over player poaching

Adrian Anderson: 'We remain firmly of the view that such a situation is not good for the fans.'

Jake Niall The AFL expresses concern about the possible erosion of football's culture in which players do not reveal they are heading to another club until the season is ended.

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