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 North Melbourne, the pioneer of Friday night football, will be seen in that coveted time slot only twice in 2015, despite finishing fourth.
Jake Niall The AFL has confirmed that father-son academies will be outside the spending cap on football departments, with Carlton establishing its first father-son academy.
Jake Niall and John Silvester The World Anti-Doping Agency is unlikely to be able to force key witnesses to testify in the fresh hearing into the Essendon case, after the WADA appeal blindsided the Bombers and the players.
Jake Niall In their premiership year of 1996, it wasn't unusual for the North Melbourne boys to discuss their post-game social arrangements in the last quarter.
Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott has confirmed forward Mitch Clark was dealing with ongoing mental health issues, when he appeared dejected and didn't join in the team song after Friday night's win over...
Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies ''lost shape'' and did not play well as a team when jumped by Geelong in their 41-point loss on Friday night.
Jake Niall Few games between sides that sit in the competition's vast middle class have been decided as swiftly as this one between an energised Geelong and a shellshocked Collingwood.
Jake Niall The AFL umpiring department has raised concerns about players' arms being pinned in tackles and the continued ducking of heads, in a meeting with the laws of the game committee.
Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs was far from the only player who let down club and coach, but his output was probably the worst of all when measured against his high capabilities.
Jake Niall Next to my local high school, there's a large public space, twice the size of two footy grounds, where the kids gather during their breaks.
Jake Niall A victorious Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared that his emerging team ''has a long way to go'' in 2015 despite the major steps they have taken early this season.
Jake Niall On an evening when the achievements of a long-serving coach were celebrated, Carlton and Collingwood reminded all that results are almost entirely shaped by the talent of players, rather than coaches.
Jake Niall Eddie McGuire wants Mick Malthouse to 'eventually' come back to Collingwood
Jake Niall Jamie Elliott sells more merchandise than any other Collingwood player. The Magpies have confirmed that are more no 5s requested for the backs of black and white jumpers than Scott Pendlebury's no 10...
Jake Niall On the eve of becoming the AFL coaching games record-holder, Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has addressed the AFL Commission for the first time, giving the AFL hierarchy insights into his career and...
Jake Niall As of round four 2015, Joel Selwood is the game's most influential player.
Jake Niall This particular Anzac Day wasn't an exceptional spectacle. The pre-game routines were exactly that.
Jake Niall If enough people want it, Richmond could get a regular fixture with Melbourne on the eve of Anzac Day.
Jake Niall The loss of Deledio can be a catalyst for a better Richmond
Jake Niall Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas remain in virtual exile from the club with their careers in limbo, as a result of their provisional suspension for an alleged doping violation.