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 Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.
Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?