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 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 Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.
Jake Niall Michael Hurley underscores his status as Essendon's present and future.
Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.
Jake Niall Essendon and Brent Stanton are close to agreement on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.