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 This match was viewed as consequential, not so much for the winner, but for the loser. At 2-2 after four rounds, a team is respectable. At 1-3, you're in the bunker.
Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.
Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.
Jake Niall Collingwood moves to secure Ben Reid from the free agency marketplace.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.
Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.
Jake Niall Collingwood coach notes that all his tall players were below par against Hawthorn.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.
Jake Niall Dale Thomas hasn't had a flash season. Not given to overstatement, Thomas called his mediocre qualifying final effort against Hawthorn a ''shocker'' and at half-time last night he was still stuck on...
Jake Niall As with man-induced global warming, altitude training has believers and sceptics.
Jake Niall A St Kilda youngster has suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at the club's altitude training camp in Colorado.
Jake Niall St Kilda youngster suffers suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at club's camp in Colorado.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.