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 Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.
Chloe Saltau and Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott insists that time out of the game won't help Tom Hawkins.
Jake Niall Melbourne takes the radical step of putting contract discussions with 11 players on hold until mid-October, as the club delays decisions on players' futures until it has entered the free agency and...
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Under the new system players have greater freedom and flexibility - but so do the clubs.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.