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 Hawthorn appears poised to regain Brian Lake, the player it missed so badly against Geelong, and will consider selecting another tall back, Ryan Schoenmakers, for Sunday's clash with Richmond.
Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team
Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.
Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.
Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.
Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.
Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.
Jake Niall The Hawks could buy two quality midfielders for what the esteemed Buddy Franklin costs them.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.
Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall For the Hawks, their final home-and-away game of 2012 delivered what they wanted.
Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin was certainly Hawthorn's most potent player in the grand final.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Geelong says injuries and the lack of conditioning for all recognised rucks could force it to play Mark Blicavs - the 198 centimetre convert from athletics who took up football last year after...
Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.