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 Andrew Krakouer confident he can make a genuine impact on Magpie's finals campaign.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.
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.
Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.
Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.