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.

How the mad as hell Tigers started winning run

Jake Niall ''I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more'' – Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch✓ in the 1976 classic, Network.

Tank-fully, all teams will be trying hard this year

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Jake Niall In years past, a round 20 game between two near bottom teams would be watched for unusual selections and experimental placements.

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Why North (and other teams) can't stop the rot

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Jake Niall A 180-degree shift in momentum hasn't been confined to the flaky Kangaroos this year.

Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Jake Niall Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and will likely miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

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Why Jonathon Patton's injury hurts Victorian clubs

Hot property: Greater Western Sydney star Jonathon Patton.

Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.

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Carlton to record close to $500,000 loss

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Jake Niall Carlton is bracing itself for a ''significant'' financial loss this year of close to $500,000, even as the club accepts that it will have to pay just below $300,000 in equalisation payments to the...

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Garlett, Robinson need to win back trust: Carlton

Blue times: Mick Malthouse with Mitch Robinson.

Jake Niall Carlton pair Mitch Robinson and Jeff Garlett will have to win the trust of their team mates before the club considers offering them contracts for next year.

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

Bomber: Dons need to play finals for spirit's sake

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers high-fives fans after the game.

Jake Niall Following his team's courageous come back victory over West Coast, Essendon coach Mark Thompson said his players needed to play finals for their ''spiritual selves'' after enduring another tough year...

How Hawthorn goes over and above in search of 'the edge'

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Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.

Richmond keeps finals dream alive with win over Essendon

Cale Hooker of Essendon and Jack Riewoldt of Richmond have eyes only for the ball.

Jake Niall Richmond's late charge for the AFL finals has survived an almighty challenge from Essendon.

Three days can make or break the Bombers

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Jake Niall Essendon's immediate football fate will be shaped over three consecutive Saturday afternoons.

Father-son drafting shake-up in the wings

Darcy Moore is a highly-rated prospect who would be affected by any rule change.

Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.

Time for Blues to ditch Mitch

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Jake Niall Mitch Robinson should not remain at Carlton next year. Robinson is still out of contract, with talks on hold. If there is a taker, as there surely will be, the Blues should expedite the trade.

Allowance to favour Swan youth

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Jake Niall Every Sydney player who isn't paid more than $300,000 will receive a net payment of $10,000 next season and in 2016, under the AFL's new version of the cost of living allowance (COLA).

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Tigers roar against Giants to keep slim finals hopes alive

Rhys Palmer of the Giants takes a big hit from Nathan Gordon of the Tigers at the MCG on Saturday.

Jake Niall In this competition, five consecutive wins almost invariably place a team inside the top eight, or somewhere near it.

The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

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Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

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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.

Hawks recall Josh Gibson

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Jake Niall Hawthorn has brought back gun defender Josh Gibson, key midfielder Brad Hill and introduced Alex Woodward for his first game for Saturday night's massive showdown with premiership favourites Sydney.

Swann takes top job at Lions

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.