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's a feeding frenzy under way in Sydney, but Essendon is a long way from Cronulla.
Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Under the terms of his suspension for his role in Melbourne's ''tanking'' episode, Chris Connolly will be barred from his club's rooms.
Jake Niall Peter Gordon says AFL has sought ''to cure an incurable problem''.
Jake Niall Travis Cloke is approaching this season with a clean slate, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Collingwood forward says that ''Buddy'' should only do ''what's best for him''.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall Fears have been raised among players that the practice of micro-doping - common in sports such as cycling and athletics - might have been practised by rogue individuals in the AFL.
Jake Niall Forget ''narcotic correctness'' the AFL must find a simpler way to tackle its most pressing problem.
Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.
Jake Niall A fortunate bounce of the ball, a defender's poor positioning and a Melbourne's player's decision to decline a television interview featured in the chain of events that undid the Demons.
Jake Niall Gary March confirms that he will be stepping down as head of the club at season's end.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.
Jake Niall The AFL has been pragmatic with its sanctions on the Demons for tanking. As it usually is.
Jake Niall Essendon emphasising endurance over size in preparation for 2013.
Jake Niall The Cats have backed the notion of giving more to the financially weaker clubs.
Jake Niall AFL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority unlikely to send players' samples overseas for testing.
Sport in Crisis
Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin has left Nike, his long-time sponsor, to sign with Hawthorn's new partner Adidas.