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 When Anthony Morabito last played at AFL level, Ross Lyon was about to coach the Saints to a grand final draw and defeat.
Jake Niall On the eve of the Demons' historic home game against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs, Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones said he would have been ''extremely disappointed'' had the club not ushered in the...
Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.
Jake Niall In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.
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 Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.
Jared Lynch and Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is expecting the Pies to be at their most formidable in Saturday night's semi-final.
Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?
Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Clinton Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall North Melbourne has shown an interest in Melbourne midfielder Jordan Gysberts as a potential solution to the impasse in getting key position player Cameron Pederson to the Demons.
Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?