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 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 Sydney Swans assistant coach Leigh Tudor remains in the running to coach Essendon next season after making a presentation to the club board on Monday.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.
Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.
Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.
Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.
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...
Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...
Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood wants to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams, who has asked to be traded back to Queensland to be with his ill father.
Jake Niall This grand final could be the last game of Brian Lake’s career. Or it might not.
Jake Niall The logical selection for Hawthorn would to add Rioli and McEvoy at the expense of Simpkin and Ceglar.
Jake Niall Hawthorn sets up a dream AFL grand final against its former favourite son Lance Franklin.
Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.
Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.
Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.
Jake Niall Richmond's vastly improved key forward Ben Griffiths will remain at Tigerland, spurning offers from rival clubs to sign with the Tigers.