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 Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.
Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.
Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Paul Roos has raised the bar for his side, saying the Demons were ''extremely disappointed'' to lose to Port Adelaide after leading in the final quarter.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide have posted a 20-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs, fighting hard to avoid what would have been the AFL season's greatest boilover.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.
Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall Four or five clubs, including St Kilda and Richmond, have shown interest in Port Adelaide free agent and key defender Troy Chaplin.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide will keep Travis Boak in the loop on the coaching appointment, as the club seeks to re-sign the out-of-contract midfielder while searching for Matthew Primus' long-term replacement.
Jake Niall Geelong joins Essendon and other Victorian clubs in race for Gold Coast youngster.
Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall Talented Port Adelaide midfielder will consider his future when he returns home to Victoria during bye weekend.
Jake Niall There is a way for Travis Boak to become a Cat should he leave Port and ask to be traded to Geelong.