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 In years past, a round 20 game between two near bottom teams would be watched for unusual selections and experimental placements.
Jake Niall Carlton is bracing itself for a ''significant'' financial loss this year of close to $500,000, even as the club accepts that it will have to pay just below $300,000 in equalisation payments to the...
Jake Niall Carlton pair Mitch Robinson and Jeff Garlett will have to win the trust of their team mates before the club considers offering them contracts for next year.
Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.
Jake Niall Following his team's courageous come back victory over West Coast, Essendon coach Mark Thompson said his players needed to play finals for their ''spiritual selves'' after enduring another tough year...
Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.
Jake Niall Essendon's immediate football fate will be shaped over three consecutive Saturday afternoons.
Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.
Jake Niall Collingwood's newly retired former premiership captain Nick Maxwell is pleased Geelong's Steve Johnson took on the AFL match review verdict at the tribunal and called for the overhaul of a system...
Jake Niall Every Sydney player who isn't paid more than $300,000 will receive a net payment of $10,000 next season and in 2016, under the AFL's new version of the cost of living allowance (COLA).
Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.
Jake Niall and Peter Hanlon It was apt, and perhaps pointed, that Nathan Buckley didn't say anything headline-worthy on Wednesday.
Jake Niall An item advertised as Melbourne's famous 1948 premiership flag has been put on sale on eBay, in a development that is being investigated by the police and the AFL.
Patrick Hatch and Jake Niall A missing 1948 VFL premiership flag has been recovered after a joint investigation by Victorian and NSW police.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has brought back gun defender Josh Gibson, key midfielder Brad Hill and introduced Alex Woodward for his first game for Saturday night's massive showdown with premiership favourites Sydney.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.
Jake Niall Collingwood, widely speculated to be among the leading contenders for Melbourne's James Frawley, is not in the hunt for the free agent defender.
Jake Niall Season 2014 has been blighted by the fall-out from two failed experiments. One, obviously, is Essendon's pharmacological foray The other, less reckless but still costly ''experiment'', was the AFL's...
Jake Niall There is a concerted push from AFL players to allow free agents to sign a contract with another club during a season to provide them with greater security.