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 North Melbourne coach praises club's conditioning staff for good run with injury.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall So you want to be an AFL footballer? Perhaps there's a few things young men should be told first.
Jake Niall It's wasn't the deal of the decade, but it is one that keeps on giving.
Jake Niall The AFL tells clubs that concern about the lengthening of quarters led it to speed up boundary throw-ins this season.
Jake Niall The AFL expresses concern about the possible erosion of football's culture in which players do not reveal they are heading to another club until the season is ended.
Jake Niall Tall forward, who had a tumour removed just before Easter, has completed chemotherapy.
Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.
Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?
Jake Niall On at least two occasions, the AFL has been forced to respond to rumours about well-known players recording a third positive test to illicit drugs, the supposed ''third strike''.
Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.
Jake Niall There is a way for Travis Boak to become a Cat should he leave Port and ask to be traded to Geelong.
Jake Niall Western Bulldogs push for Kelvin Templeton to be included in AFL Hall of Fame.
Jake Niall The politics of Hall of Fame induction could well mean if there's no advocate, there's no invite.
Jake Niall Blues champion Chris Judd will benefit from next week's bye, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Kevin Sheedy is hopeful that Jonathon Patton and Jeremy Cameron can be GWS' answer to Essendon duo Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas.
Jake Niall Kevin Sheedy calls for rules to clear out the congestion at stoppages, rather than changing to a two substitute, two interchange system that he contends would present an enormous challenge for the...
Jake Niall Kevin Sheedy says he hopes his alma mater make the finals for the sake of the supporters who have seen so little success.
Jake Niall Collingwood says Alan Didak will still play a "significant" role in the season despite tearing his troublesome adductor muscle yesterday.