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.

The AFL can't quit WADA

Jake Niall Calls for the AFL to quit WADA after current and former players were suspended are misguided.

Australian Open 2016 men's final: Can Andy Murray 'Ashe' Novak Djokovic?

Andy Murray

Jake Niall It's difficult to recall a grand slam final that pits the world no 1 and 2 in which the latter is so far ahead and the chances of number two winning appear more remote.

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Australian Open 2016: Novak Djokovic downs Roger Federer to book berth in final

Djoker in the hand: Roger Federer was no match for the Serbian ace in semi-final.

Jake Niall Serbian world No.1's mastery over Roger Federer, and indeed men's tennis, has never been so evident as in this semi-final annihilation.

Australian Open 2016: Raonic outguns Monfils to book semi-final spot with Murray

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Milos Raonic of Canada celebrate winning match point in his quarter final match against Gael Monfils of France during day 10 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Jake Niall  Canadian powers through quarter-final challenge against French wizard Monfils to set up a semi-final with Britain's Andy Murray.

Australian Open 2016: Johanna Konta, the recovering Australian

Johanna Konta signs autographs for fans.

Jake Niall Johanna Konta is the last Aussie standing. Too bad she's a Brit.

Victoria Azarenka finds herself on the right side of the draw

Jake Niall If you're searching for a potential women's winner who isn't Serena Williams, there's a stand out candidate who, for the first time in a while, has been dealt a healthy hand.

Jake Niall: Is a red ball Davis Cup the way of the future for Test cricket ?

Cricket

Jake Niall To understand what has happened to cricket, and where it's headed, consider this question: Name a West Indian cricketer who played in Australia this summer?

Australian Open 2016: All-Australian contest between immense talent and elite work ethic

Showman versus the journeyman: Bernard Tomic and John Millman.

Jake Niall When Bernard Tomic was spending time in a Miami lock-up, sharing his cell with a television thief back in July, his next opponent John Millman was helping his Australian Davis Cup teammates prepare...

Lleyton Hewitt denies match fixing allegations, says naming him as suspect player an 'absolute farce'

Disappointed: Lleyton Hewitt refuses to allow match-fixing speculation to tarnish his hard-won reputation for fair play.

Jake Niall Retiring Australian star says having his name linked to the tennis match-fixing controversy is 'a joke' and 'absurd'.

Australian Open 2016: Lleyton Hewitt's decorated career ends in spirited defeat

Over, and out: Lleyton Hewitt waves to the crowd after his second round loss to David Ferrer.

Jake Niall Hewitt goes down fighting against Spain's David Ferrer, as his time as a tour professional comes to an end.

Tennis: Tony Roche annoints Lleyton Hewitt as Australia's saviour

Lleyton Hewitt  will take up his Davis Cup role after finishing at the Australian Open.

Jake Niall Renowned coach hails new Davis Cup captain as the right man to lead the brat-pack to success.

Australian Open 2016: Rafael Nadal crashes out at hands of Fernando Verdasco

Early exit: Rafael Nadal.

Jake Niall Even though the opening two sets stretched for more than two hours, Nadal seemed likely to prevail for much of the match.

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Why Warnie is forgiven no matter what he does

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Right or wrong, fans are quick to forgive cricket’s lovable rogue.

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Mick Fanning – the best sportsman and hero of 2015

Emotional: Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning at the Pipe Masters.

Jake Niall Whether Mick Fanning goes on to claim a fourth world title or not in Hawaii, his 2015 achievements – and his sad and stirring story – warrant a special place in our sporting annals.

Night Tests' best hope: white balls and coloured gear

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Test match night cricket has passed the clinical trial phase and is ready to go to market.

Why the French team will be watched more than any other at Euro 2016

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall France will play for a lot more than just a trophy at Euro 2016.

Premature adulation heaps pressure on Nick Kyrgios

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Jake Niall Nick Kyrgios is a rebel without a clue. He has an abundance of what Americans call "attitude" but he also is guileless. He isn't following a public relations strategy.

Dangerfield talks - but no decision on Crows, Cats

Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows looks to pass the ball during the round 16 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows.

Jake Niall Patrick Dangerfield has not yet made a decision, or informed Adelaide, on the question of whether he wishes to remain with the Crows or join Geelong as a free agent.

Crowley case held up by Essendon tribunal

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane While the verdict for the 2012 Essendon-ASADA case will be handed down on March 31, the parties are prepared for the prospect that players might not receive penalties until after round one if they...

Netball pays Channel Ten to televise games in ground-breaking deal

Vixens.

Jake Niall In a ground-breaking deal for sports broadcasting, Channel Ten has effectively been paid – by Netball Australia's sponsors – to put broadcasts of the sport on free-to-air television.