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.

Mitch Clark chooses Cats, and less spotlight

Jake Niall Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has told the Demons he wants a trade to Geelong rather than Collingwood.

AFL

Why the Cats won't win the flag

Geelong players contemplate their heavy loss to Sydney

Jake Niall Geelong ''could'' win the 2014 premiership, in the same way that Carlton ''could'' make the final eight. It's highly improbable, rather than impossible.

AFL

Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall On Monday, the result is of secondary importance to the quality of football, and the interest the game generates.

Cats grab trio from rivals in departure from club policy

Hamish McIntosh

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.

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AFL

From steeplechase to the ruck: Cats eye Blicavs for round one

Mark Blicavs.

Jake Niall Geelong says injuries and the lack of conditioning for all recognised rucks could force it to play Mark Blicavs - the 198 centimetre convert from athletics who took up football last year after...

Classy Cats leaders of pack

Geelong's Joel Selwood is pushed off the ball by Essendon's Heath Hocking.

Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.

AFL

Taylor, Cats closer to a new deal

Harry Taylor

Jake Niall Talks between Geelong and Harry Taylor's management moving in a positive direction.

AFL

Taylor signs on with Cats for five years

Harry Taylor.

Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.

AFL

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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Cats win no.9 after the bell

Tom Hawkins.

Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

Cats win No. 9 after bell

Geelong - again

Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.

Cats aim for night opener at 'new' home

Brian Cook.

Jake Niall Geelong plans to play first game at rebuilt home under lights in the middle of next season.

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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AFL

Cats join Caddy chase

Josh Caddy

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

AFL

Bomber, Cats rift healing

Mark Thompson with James Hird after he joined Essendon.

Jake Niall Relations between Mark Thompson and Geelong appear to be healing.

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

Cats throw debutants into the fire

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.

AFL

Pies maul Cats as Suns shine

Caught: Collingwood's Nathan Brown is wrapped up by Geelong players at the soaked MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Often this season the AFL has seemed to be a two-tiered competition.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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Selwood challenges decorated teammates to improve

Their season at an end, Geelong players trudge off the ground on Friday night.

Jake Niall Geelong captain Joel Selwood has challenged the club's decorated veterans, as much as the youngsters, to improve and take the club beyond the second week of the finals.