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 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 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 In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston boot five goals apiece to lift their side to victory over West Coast.
Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.
Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.
Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall The Hawks didn’t choke. Adelaide choked them.
Jake Niall Cyril Rioli was 'buggered' in the last quarter, when Alastair Clarkson made the game's most telling move, shifting the electric Cyril deeper into attack, where his jolts revived a flatlining team.
Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Now the shoe's on the other foot and the Hawks are grand final losers, expect a robust response.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's impact on the game continues to grow, but who is he and what shaped the AFL superstar?
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.