Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at The Age, specialising in AFL football. Jake joined The Age in 1998, having previously worked as a sports writer on The Sunday Age. He writes a blend of news, feature articles and a weekly column during the football season. Before joining The Sunday Age, Jake was a freelance reporter in the US and a regular contributor to The Sunday Age and The Age from Los Angeles, covering diverse areas like politics, earthquakes, celebrity trials and American sport. Jake ghost wrote the autobiography (‘Collingwood and Me’, 1991) of champion Collingwood footballer Peter Daicos. While he writes primarily about the AFL, he spends the month of January covering tennis, especially the Australian Open. In 2008, Jake won the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards' Best Sports Story in any medium for his profile piece on David Schwarz.
Jake Niall There have been few more anticipated debuts than Majak Daw's and few with more expectation.
Jake Niall Facing the major challenge of a five-day break before a historic Anzac Day game in New Zealand, St Kilda is preparing for the prospect of 26 to 28 players in its back-to-back games against Essendon...
Drugs in AFL
Jake Niall Association in a bid to help protect Essendon players from any possible health risks.
Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.
Jake Niall After the most stirring of wins over Fremantle, James Hird has bought himself more time.
Jake Niall Carlton and Geelong have suffered significant injury blows in their round three encounter, with key players Matthew Kreuzer and Travis Varcoe set to miss lengthy chunks of the season.
Jake Niall Essendon players warned that treatments not risk-free and that some ''complications'' were regular.
Jake Niall Tim Watson, former Essendon champion and father of the current captain, said on Thursday that Jobe was 'just getting on with the footy' but that he was concerned about the effects of the...
Jake Niall The sports scientist who has levelled accusations against Essendon coach James Hird is yet to be interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and under current laws cannot be compelled...
Jake Niall Last year, long before the Essendon scandal had surfaced, officials from a rival club met a man with the means and knowledge to organise for them to receive a range of performance-enhancing...
Jake Niall Prominent former Melbourne forward David Schwarz has arranged a Thursday meeting with Demons’ president Don McLardy and is offering to lend assistance to the beleaguered club.
Jake Niall Cameron Schwab will receive a six-month payout from his three-year contract.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.
Jake Niall and Rohan Connolly Mark Neeld pledges to keep turning players over until he finds those who are ''up for the fight''.
Jake Niall Seasoned players appear certain to be given a longer break of perhaps a month in the off season, with AFL boss Andrew Demetriou indicating his support - and that of many within the game - for the...
Jake Niall AFL boss Andrew Demetriou is directly warning players of the dangers of dabbling in drugs that are not approved for human use, in addition to the established bogies of performance-enhancing, illicit...
Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Hawthorn remains the only club to have made Lance Franklin a contract offer for 2014 and beyond.