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 Richmond's late charge for the AFL finals has survived an almighty challenge from Essendon.
Jake Niall In this competition, five consecutive wins almost invariably place a team inside the top eight, or somewhere near it.
Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.
Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.
Jake Niall Geelong ''could'' win the 2014 premiership, in the same way that Carlton ''could'' make the final eight. It's highly improbable, rather than impossible.
Jake Niall But Tigers and Collingwood deprived of their request for two games in 2013.
Jake Niall In comparison to what happened to the last club to be convicted of salary cap rorts, Adelaide has been treated leniently by the AFL.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.
Jake Niall Olympic pomp may have turned the AFL chief's head, but, Andrew, while you were gone …
Jake Niall It was no groundhog year for the Tigers who appear to be a club escaping the shadows of the past.
Jake Niall Contract renewals and free agency rules grow in complexity as players age.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Hawthorn's president says no team drawn to play GWS and Gold Coast twice this year should do so next year.
Jake Niall AFL says that a fairer draw would mean sacrificing blockbusters and state derbies.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall After beating St Kilda for the first time in nine years and in so doing defeating a second tough finals-credentialled opponent in two weeks, Richmond now had the belief it belonged among the best...