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 It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...
Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.
Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.
Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.
Jake Niall In a season supposedly beset with underwhelming footy, Hawthorn and Sydney produced what was surely the season's highest calibre game, in a contest between teams that will surely meet again at the...
Jake Niall Have the Hawks ever played a better half than the opening two quarters of this grand final ''replay''?
Jake Niall Hawthorn dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has opted to undergo a ''mini pre-season''’ in an attempt to ensure he is match-fit and ready for senior football after the bye.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.
Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.
Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Hawthorn's versatile forward/utility becomes latest Hawk to commit for the long-term.
Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.
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.
Jake Niall Coach says it shows Hawks have a ''plan B'' in the event of a catastrophic injury.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.
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 On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.