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 Geelong captain Joel Selwood has challenged the club's decorated veterans, as much as the youngsters, to improve and take the club beyond the second week of the finals.
Jake Niall Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury have ascended to the game’s pinnacle almost in unison.
Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.
Jake Niall In one of the better matches of 2014, Joel Selwood managed to break from a stoppage with barely a minute left and convert a long angle shot to snatch the lead - and the result - for a Geelong side...
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 Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Essendon coach says Bombers did not use the ball well enough or convert opportunities against Geelong.
Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.
Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.
Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.
Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.
Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Dustin Martin shows he's a force to be reckoned with.
Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.