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.

AFL

Physicality does the trick for Travis Cloke

Travis Cloke takes a strong mark as Scott Thompson of the Kangaroos tries to bring him down.

Jake Niall During the week, Collingwood's coaches sat down with Travis Cloke and reviewed about 20 one-on-one contests in which he had engaged, and mainly lost, during his indifferent first four matches.

AFL

Magpies ring up the changes for Adelaide clash

Nathan Buckley is looking forward to the challenge of the final few weeks of the season.

Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon It was apt, and perhaps pointed, that Nathan Buckley didn't say anything headline-worthy on Wednesday.

AFL

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.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley blunders on Maxwell, Keeffe

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Jake Niall Nathan Buckley has rightly put his players on notice for what was probably the low water mark for Collingwood since he succeeded Mick Malthouse.

AFL

Grassroots: What the new AFL boss should stand for

Jake Niall The crowds are down. The prices are up. The hotdogs cost as much as Joe Hockey's medicare co-payment.

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Collingwood in the age of the Buckley evolution

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.

AFL

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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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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Wasteful Buddy ends up a match-winner for Sydney

Lance Franklin of the Swans marks during the round eight match against his old club, Hawthorn.

Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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

AFL

West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

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

AFL

Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

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

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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.

AFL

Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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