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 Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.
Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.
Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall Collingwood has enabled Andrew Krakouer to have to his first high-altitude training camp in the US after the club arranged a last-minute visa for Krakouer, who was unable to go in 2010 and 2011 due...
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.
Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.
Jake Niall Ben Reid is one of 11 premiership Pies out of contract but is confident the team will stick together.
Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.
Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.
Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.
Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.
Jake Niall It wasn't the grand final replay in any sense. This match was a low-standard contest that ended with a dramatic Collingwood victory.
Jake Niall Collingwood says Alan Didak will still play a "significant" role in the season despite tearing his troublesome adductor muscle yesterday.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.