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 the Brownlow Medal has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the midfielders' fraternity for more than two decades, there is a ruckman who should at least challenge that positional monopoly, and give...
Jake Niall The teams fielded by Essendon over the past month have differed greatly from the tired side that was sliding inexorably – and about to discover new depths – when they met the Tigers in a...
Jake Niall Carlton has dropped talented pair Chris Yarran and Troy Menzel for failing to work hard on the field.
Jake Niall The 34 players face a tougher trial compared to the decisive victory they enjoyed over a less resourced ASADA.
Jake Niall The World Anti-Doping Agency claims it has found abnormally high amounts of thymosin beta 4 – the substance Essendon players are accused of taking – in the frozen urine samples of two...
Jake Niall Congestion around the ball and high stoppage numbers - ugly football - will be a hot topic for a meeting of the18 clubs and the AFL on Wednesday.
Jake Niall This was a game that North Melbourne couldn't blow, and in which Carlton couldn't be blown apart. Both clubs satisfied those pass marks, despite the final score.
Jake Niall Adam Goodes has become a political football in a discussion of race relations. It is not a role he sought, any more than he invited the mindless booing that prompted his withdrawal from this...
Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Richmond has expressed interest in Carlton's talented flanker Chris Yarran, who is expected to figure in end of season trade discussions.
Jake Niall, Samantha Lane, Andrew Wu AFL players are poised to take up a social media campaign and potentially other actions supporting Adam Goodes following a meeting of elite players from every club.
You could not blame Adam Goodes for quitting AFL over booing, says Players Association boss Paul Marsh
Marissa Calligeros, Andrew Webster, Jake Niall Adam Goodes could not be blamed for walking away from football if crowds continue to boo him, says AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle All clubs will be free to trade future draft picks in this year's trade period after the AFL commission approved the move at a meeting Tuesday.
Jake Niall AFL players from all clubs are discussing ways to stop the booing of Sydney Swans great Adam Goodes in the remaining matches this year.
Jake Niall Richmond has blown a seemingly certain victory and chance to move closer to a top four berth after a crucial turnover late in the game saw Fremantle snatch an unexpected and unlikely win.
Jake Niall Whatever happens at the MCG late Sunday afternoon, the Demons hold a small, yet clear lead over the Saints in terms of developing a team that could eventually ascend to heaven on the G in late...
Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Adam Treloar looks increasingly likely to depart Greater Western Sydney and join a Melbourne club.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Super quick Sydney premiership player Lewis Jetta is understood be open to a move home to Western Australia at the end of the season.
Jake Niall The World Anti-doping Agency's appeal of the verdict in the Essendon case is set to be heard from mid-November in Sydney.
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.
Jake Niall Richmond have avoided quick fixes, but the time to gamble has come.