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 St Kilda is expected to retain number one draft pick Paddy McCartin in the team that plays Carlton in New Zealand on Anzac Day.
Jake Niall This was a game that Port Adelaide simply had to win and, as circumstances unfolded, it didn't seem possible that North Melbourne could win.
Jake Niall It’s as long odds as Carlton making the eight, but if Geelong is upset by the Ablett-less Suns, we know what will happen.
Jon Pierik, Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty on several charges, however he has been cleared on three charges relating to banned substance Thymosin Beta 4.
Jake Niall Carlton's key position swingman Lachie Henderson has temporarily delayed contract discussions, which are now expected to begin in the coming weeks.
Jake Niall New Bulldogs chief executive David Stevenson says the Dogs can be "a big and powerful club" like the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
Jake Niall The game's very best weren't picked first. Here's why
Jake Niall This game confirmed some of the findings of the pre-season and round one. One is that Adelaide are playing strong and purposeful football under Phil Walsh.
Jake Niall Almost every team with premiership aspirations has at least one player it can't do without. But Hawthorn?
Jake Niall Geelong’s star forward Steven Motlop has received a one-game suspension from the club for drinking on Good Friday, three days before the Cats played Hawthorn in the Easter Monday blockbuster.
Jake Niall Carlton is considering promoting recruit Jason Tutt for his first senior game as a Blue, with the ex-Bulldog among the 24 players the club plans to take to Perth for Friday night's game against West...
Jake Niall At some point we can bank on Mitch Clark and James Frawley standing side by side as opponents on Easter Monday.
Jake Niall The Saints are favourite to win a second consecutive wooden spoon.
Jake Niall Unburdened, Essendon will lift for its first game of the season, predicts former captain Matthew Lloyd, and have a real chance of upsetting Sydney.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."
Jake Niall Whatever the Essendon players took in 2012, they took the points when they were cleared by the AFL anti-doping tribunal. Here's what happened inside the courtroom.
Jake Niall The game didn't particularly need Richmond to succeed in 1987, 1997, or 2007.
Jake Niall The AFL's doping tribunal will not release to the public the reasons for its judgment in the Essendon case when it hands down a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.
Jake Niall The former Essendon player is planning to take legal action against the AFL and the Essendon Football Club.
Jake Niall There is no longer such thing as a "safe bet" if you are an AFL player or official.