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 Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.
Jake Niall Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.
Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.
Jake Niall St Kilda describes its current predicament as a ‘‘perfect storm’’ which has been some years in the making.
Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.
Jake Niall Nick Maxwell's renaissance has been remarkable, and unexpected.
Jake Niall Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury have ascended to the game’s pinnacle almost in unison.
Jake Niall What's the difference between Hawthorn and St Kilda? We could say that one team stayed in Tasmania and the other left; that one has far better stadium arrangements, and that, consequently, one has...
Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich and Jonathan Brown are still stars for their respective clubs, but which has had the better AFL career?
Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.
Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Forget ''narcotic correctness'' the AFL must find a simpler way to tackle its most pressing problem.
Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.
Jake Niall Nick Dal Santo has always been a player whom opposition clubs watched closely.
Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.
Jake Niall St Kilda had discussed the possibility of Stephen Milne playing on in 2014 with both the player and his management prior to him being charged with rape.
Jake Niall Seldom has a more meaningless game contained more meaning.
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 Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.