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.
Jake Niall If Patrick Dangerfield leaves Adelaide, it will be to play with Geelong. If Scott Selwood vacates the Eagles' nest, it will be to play with his illustrious brother at Geelong.
Jake Niall West Coast's formidable forward line kicked them back into the top two of the ladder with an impressive 20-point win over Richmond at the MCG on Friday.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions head the clubs pursuing Hawthorn defender and free agent Matt Suckling, who is weighing up his future.
Jake Niall Carlton have revealed they wish to retain a strong core of senior players in rebuilding the playing list, and they will avoid the more ruthless culling of experienced players undertaken by...
Jake Niall The chairman of the ABC, James Spigelman, and a Belgium-based barrister will hear the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal in the Essendon case at the Court of Arbritration for Sport.
Jake Niall AdamTreloar could be playing for Collingwood next year, on the MCG, before large and adoring crowds.
Jake Niall North Melbourne super veteran Brent Harvey will talk to his management during his bye about whether he is keen to play on next year.
Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal handed Fremantle's Ryan Crowley a 12-month suspension, when it could have been two years, after accepting Crowley's explanation involving medical reasons and inadvertent...
Jake Niall The AFL says the competition is ready for four field umpires, but that it is just a question of whether the money can be found to fund it.
Jake Niall In a season when slow movement of the ball is viewed as both fatal and a crime against football, Richmond has transformed its fortunes by eschewing what commentators say is essential and fans scream...
Jake Niall Chris Judd was a game changer. He changed games, by dint of his unique package of talents. But he also was a catalyst for a new type of football, and footballer.
Jake Niall David Armitage 1.0 didn't make St Kilda's grand final teams of 2009 and 2010, when the former top 10 draft pick was in his third and fourth season of league football.
Jake Niall What is likely to be Chris Judd's last game was also John Barker's first genuine game in control of the Blues, bearing in mind the caretaker coach had only one training session in charge before the...
Jake Niall Carlton will leave it to Chris Judd to make a decision on whether he continues his career, after the champion suffered a season-ending and almost certainly career-ending knee injury in the first...
Jake Niall Carlton have dumped talented defender Chris Yarran from the team to play Adelaide on disciplinary grounds, and have regained Matthew Kreuzer for his first game of 2014.
Jake Niall AFL senior coaches have backed the introduction of an NFL-style "anti-tampering" rule for 2016 that would formally prevent teams from installing – and interviewing without permission –...
Jake Niall A move to expansive new headquarters in Dingley would give Hawthorn a competitive edge.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has revealed well-advanced plans to move its headquarters from Waverley Park to a massive new facility at Dingley, where it has signed a contract of purchase.
Jake Niall Hidden underneath the joint celebrations of Dustin Fletcher's 400th and the indigenous contribution to football was a critical game between sides which seemed almost deadlocked in the competition.
Jake Niall He didn't punch anyone. He didn't slide in to an opponent with his knees up. He didn't duck or dive for a free, as he has in the past.