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 Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.
Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.
Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.
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 St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.
Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.
Jake Niall Young Melbourne players unable to raise themselves for sombre season's opener.
Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.
JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...