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 Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
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.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
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 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 How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.
Jake Niall Collingwood's opening victory of 2012 has been soured by a calf injury to veteran Chris Tarrant, whom coach Nathan Buckley conceded had virtually no chance of playing in Friday night's clash with...
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.
Jake Niall Seemingly innocuous game against Port a significant challenge for Collingwood.
Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Often this season the AFL has seemed to be a two-tiered competition.