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 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.
Jake Niall The greatest difference between North Melbourne and Essendon wasn't experience, although that was a factor. Nor was it efficiency, even though the Roos tend to score more easily.
Jake Niall Carlton free agent Matthew Kreuzer is about to begin talks about a new contract with the club.
Jake Niall When the Swans won the flag in 2012 and then gained first Kurt Tippett and then Lance Franklin on mega bucks, rival clubs were a mix of bemusement and outrage.
Jake Niall The Gold Coast Suns are likely to recall stood-down star Harley Bennell in the club's reserves this weekend.
Jake Niall Wisely, Sam Mitchell has apologised for his mocking injection motion and pledged that it won't happen again.
Jake Niall The frontrunner for the Carlton coaching position is not John Barker, even if he leads the Blues to another victory this weekend.
Jake Niall Paul Puopolo and Jack Gunston have fired Hawthorn back inside the AFL top four with a 38-point win over Essendon.
Jake Niall In another sign of AFL clubs' growing concern about gambling, Carlton pulled some of their coaches out of a player betting syndicate at the club, which has been wound back.
Jake Niall When St Kilda conquered both their own Demons and those wearing red and blue in those astonishing final 40 seconds at Etihad, some players spoke of how specific "mind training" had contributed to...
Jake Niall The Sydney Swans would not be allowed to bring in a player on above average pay, even if they traded their highest paid stars such as Lance Franklin or Kurt Tippett, in the forthcoming...
Jake Niall Steven Baker, recalled by Ross Lyon in 2010 for the grand final, says Lyon should do the same with the suspended Ryan Crowley.
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.