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 Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival
Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.
Jake Niall If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.
Jake Niall A somewhat prominent Collingwood supporter who works in the media - and isn't Eddie McGuire - was asked this question on Saturday: If Scott Pendlebury was injured for a period next year, who would...
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.
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?
Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Collingwood coach notes that all his tall players were below par against Hawthorn.