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.

Troy Menzel tops uncontracted list for Blues

Target: Troy Menzel is one of Carlton's most exciting players.

Jake Niall Carlton’s Troy Menzel will chat about a new contract with the Blues later this year, with the exciting youngster the clear priority signing from a list of several Carlton players who are coming...

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Blues push AFL for new MCG deal

The club wants seven or eight games at the MCG.

Jake Niall Carlton is in negotiations with the AFL about making the MCG its main home ground for 2015 and beyond, with the club board having decided that it wants to play as many as eight of its 11 home games...

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

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Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

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Blues axe veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes

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Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.

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Tigers atone for past sins with win over Blues

Richmond v Carlton AFL round 2 MCG , Richmonds Dustin Martin celebrates the sealing  goal
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 27th of March 2014

Jake Niall The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.

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Belatedly, Blues lose defender

High point: Nick Duigan celebrates his fourth goal against Richmond in an elimination final this year.

Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.

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Bombers fling the Blues

Crunch: Essendon's Brendon Goddard crashes into Carlton's Ed Curnow as he gets a kick away at the MCG on Saturday night.

Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.

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Blues will take a look at Podsiadly

Short-term target? Former Cat James Podsiadly.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Club first looks to sort out major priorities such as signing of free agent Dale Thomas.

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Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

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Reimers gives Blues boot

Kyle Reimers.

Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.

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Catch-up Blues fall shy

At a stretch: Geelong forward Paul Chapman (left) and Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs battle for the ball during the Cats' victory.

Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.

Blues find winning form

Perched nicely: Carlton's Chris Yarran climbs on the back of Adelaide defender Ben Rutten at the MCG.

Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.

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Doubts meant Blues kept Ratten on P-plates

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Jake Niall Carlton never treated Brett Ratten as a long-term coach. Ratten was on probation for his entire five years and six games as senior coach.

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Simpson's return to bolster Blues

Wonky: Kade Simpson is helped from the field after his collision with Sharrod Wellingham in round 15.

Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.

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Blues stars return for Dons clash

Eddie Betts and Chris Judd.

Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.

Blues need chopping block

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Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.

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Pies may regain four to play Blues

Nathan Buckley

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

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Henderson to stay put at Blues

AFL.Round 16. Carlton v St.Kilda.Carlton's Lachie Henderson in action at Etihad Stadium.13th july 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.

Blues midfield lost but we still won, says Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has a word to Andrew Carrazzo.

Jake Niall Carlton coach gives credit to his players for hanging on to defeat a charging North Melbourne.

Fixture reveals Blues and Tigers to open season

Carlton v Richmond

Jake Niall The AFL has made two major fixturing calls: Carlton and Richmond have retained their hold on the Thursday night season opener at the MCG next year, while Hawthorn and West Coast will meet on the...

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