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 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 AFL premiership favourites Sydney survived a scare from struggling Richmond to post an 11-point win at the MCG on Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin kicks two late goals to carry Sydney to a 19-point win over Hawthorn.
Jake Niall Hawthorn's gun defender Grant Birchall has attributed the flag favourite's Friday evening defeat to the Swans being harder, bigger bodied and cleaner than the Hawks.
Jake Niall Players often say they ''don't read what's in the papers,'' that they take no notice of the sound and fury of talkback and the other media guff that carries on outside their fortified club bunker.
Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.
Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Sydney hopes reputation for getting a deal done would allow it to secure Kurt Tippett.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.
Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.
Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.
Jake Niall Ben Reid is one of 11 premiership Pies out of contract but is confident the team will stick together.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney decide to utilise extra first-round draft picks in 2012.
Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?
Jake Niall It's wasn't the deal of the decade, but it is one that keeps on giving.