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.

Nobody, not even Nadal, beats Berdych 18 times in a row

Jake Niall Rafael Nadal had suggested he couldn't win the tournament, that he was ill-prepared, and on that score, he was right.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic shows why he is the favourite

Novak Djokovic stretches for a backhand during his third-round match against Fernando Verdasco.

Jake Niall In an Australian Open in which Roger Federer is done and Rafael Nadal underdone, Novak Djokovic has confirmed his position at the top of the field.

Why AFL clubs have stop paying a million

Jake Niall From what one has gathered, Gary Ablett and Tom Scully, the first signings of the AFL's expansion clubs, were the only AFL footballers who were paid more than a million dollars in 2014.

Australian Open: Major shock as Roger Federer falls in four sets

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23:  Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in his third round match against Andreas Seppi of Italy during day five of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Patrick Scala/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Roger Federer had instinctively felt that Andreas Seppi wasn’t going to be one of those centre court strolls.

Suspended past and present Essendon players may need AFL approval to play NAB Cup

Jake Niall Provisionally suspended current and ex-Essendon players appear likely to require AFL Commission permission if they wish to play in the NAB Cup, with the ASADA hearing set to drag on into mid-February...

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Australian Open: Fab Four still count where it matters, with the bookies

Odds on: Novak Djokovic is favourite to win this year's Australian Open title.

Jake Niall Last year, men's tennis entered unfamiliar, unpredictable terrain, which in turn invites an intriguing question - whether this men's Australian Open title will be won by the Four or "the field".

Australian Open 2015: Nick Kyrgios wins through to third round

In good Nick: Australian Nick Kyrgios after beating Ivo Karlovic.

Jake Niall If you asked Tennis Australia to nominate a fourth round encounter that would fill both the centre court and guarantee millions of eyeballs, it would be a match-up between Nick Kyrgios and Roger...

Australian Open 2015: Australian guaranteed in last 16 – if Bernard Tomic wins

Bernard Tomic works up a sweat during a practice session on Tuesday.

Jake Niall If Bernard Tomic manages to defeat steady German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday, then Australian tennis will be assured of a player in the last 16 of the men's event – a stage last reached...

Tennis legends urge Kyrgios to listen and learn

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce and Jake Niall Pat Rafter is full of praise for the attitude of Thanasi Kokkinakis, but is no longer prepared to give behavioural advice to the other of Australia's talented tennis teens, Nick Kyrgios, until there...

Golden generation of tennis greats agree it's wide open

 Serena Williams of the USA looks ahead during a practice session ahead of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Jake Niall Rafa doesn't like his chances. Roger, playing in his 16th Australian Open, is more optimistic. Serena says she wants it "more than anyone else". Our Samantha says she "knows what I want to do here".

The pitch is in – why the Indian series failed to excite

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Jake Niall Crowds were robust. Ratings were up. Steve Smith and Virat Kohli were stupendous. But the series we have just endured between Australia and India still tasted like a bottle of Diet Coke that's been...

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Clicks go to cheers as small clubs and sports lose out

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Jake Niall On the same December day last year when the world mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela, there was another African name challenging Mandela as click bait on The Age website.

From ashes to Ashes: Why 2015 will be a better year for sport

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall As a sporting year, 2014 was tres ordinaire for Australia, rather than an annus horribilis.

Which Olympic Games events are for the high jump?

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jake Niall The Olympic movement is correct in identifying that the Games need be spruced up and given relevance to younger audiences. A makeover is needed.

Phillip Hughes tragedy should give other sports pause for thought

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Jake Niall To see a helmetless Viv Richards hook a ball two inches from his face, and send it to the pickets created the same kind of awe as the sight of Jonathan Brown or Nick Riewoldt running with the flight...

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Essendon bows out in a tight final

All over: Tom Bellchambers, Michael Hibberd and Jobe Watson  walk off after the defeat.

Jake Niall This was the final the season needed. In a year beset by complaints about fixturing and still fixated with Essendon’s legal battles, these rivals from the north-west part of town produced both a...

AFL

Footy gives soccer a free kick

Jake Niall Early Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Australians awoke, flicked the remote button and watched the Socceroos put up a respectable, plucky and predictably unsuccessful performance against Chile.

Drugs in sport

ASADA set to issue 51 players with drug notices

Hard edge: New ASADA chief Ben McDevitt has a law enforcement background.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall, Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko The 16-month drugs probe into Australian sport has climaxed following the preparation of a slew of show-cause notices for players by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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.

Cricket

Cricket toughs it out

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Jake Niall Australia's summer sport revival had fans jumping on the bandwagon - all very Tiger-ish really.