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 The script was the same. It was all set up for another humiliation. We could all see it coming, as the Blues gradually whittled down the lead.
Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.
Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.
Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.
Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.
Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.
Jake Niall Carlton-Essendon games have a knack for the unexpected, for comebacks, upsets and stunning individual performances. This one, which had seemed headed for an unexceptional outcome, was no exception.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.
Jake Niall Carlton's surprise-packet forward seeks to capitalise on his form by negotiating a two-year deal.
Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.