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.

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Hawks, Cats ready to resurrect the season

Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn are not simply playing for ladder leadership and boasting rights in their magnificent rivalry.

Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.

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Sore foot costs Blue Matthew Kreuzer at least 12 weeks

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Jake Niall Matthew Kreuzer quickly reached the recognition that he needed surgery for his sore foot - and would spend most of the season on the sidelines - after consulting with club doctors following a...

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North needs boost beyond Boom times

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Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

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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.

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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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Grundy, Reid agree to terms with Pies

Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.

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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.

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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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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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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AFL 2014: A higher level

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Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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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.

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Hawthorn and St Kilda: different sides of the equalisation debate

Rich club, poor club.

Jake Niall A few key decisions explain Hawthorn's emergence as one of the AFL's most powerful clubs while St Kilda, despite getting a lot right, is rubbing shoulders with the stragglers.

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Pies may regain four to play Blues

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

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Lions seek cash for salary cap

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

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Players' long-term health to be monitored

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Jake Niall AFL is working with AFLPA to set up a system for monitoring the long-term health of Essendon players to ensure there are no issues arising from the club's supplements program.

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If lessons have been learnt, then road-tested coaches are the way to go

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Jake Niall The travails of Hird and Voss this week ought to be a teaching moment for a competition/industry.

Under the radar

Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.

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