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

Pies tear apart paper Tigers

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.

AFL

James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

AFL

Pies may regain four to play Blues

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.

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

Buckley mum on Elliott-Koschitzke incident

Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declined to be drawn on the incident in which his small forward Jamie Elliott was collected by Justin Koschitzke.

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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AFL

What's a player worth? Just give the AFL a call

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Jake Niall Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.

AFL

Backs to the wall, Pies will play it for J-Mac

Matt Priddis goes for the ball.

Jared Lynch and Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is expecting the Pies to be at their most formidable in Saturday night's semi-final.

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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Dons' Goddard quandary

Brendon Goddard

Jake Niall Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.

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AFL

Cats set to pounce on Demon, Roo

AFL, Football,Round 10. North Melbourne V Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.North's Hamish McIntosh in action.
May 30 2009.THE AGE SPORT.  Picture by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.

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Krakouer off to camp

Andrew Krakouer

Jake Niall Collingwood has enabled Andrew Krakouer to have to his first high-altitude training camp in the US after the club arranged a last-minute visa for Krakouer, who was unable to go in 2010 and 2011 due...

Heat put on AFL to lift interchange

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.

AFL

The problem with Collingwood

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Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.

AFL

Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

Dramatic win for Pies

Collingwood v Geelong

Jake Niall It wasn't the grand final replay in any sense. This match was a low-standard contest that ended with a dramatic Collingwood victory.

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Buckley, Neeld hoping practice makes perfect

In the middle: Nathan Buckley (left) and Mark Neeld oversee practice.

Jake Niall Collingwood training more like match practice than a real practice match.

Hawks stitch up top guns

Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli

Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.

Pendlebury will stick with Pies: Buckley

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury.

Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.

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