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 The $800,000 raised by North Melbourne at a special fund-raiser will enable the Roos to pay the minimum salary cap required under the AFL rules this year.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.
Jake Niall Carlton has lent some support to the idea of dividing the competition into two conferences.
Jake Niall Collingwood's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.
Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences
Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Hawthorn's versatile forward/utility becomes latest Hawk to commit for the long-term.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.
Jake Niall In 1982, Richmond and Carlton played in a seminal grand final in which the winner confirmed its powerhouse stature, and the loser began 30 years in exile from finals street.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.
Jake Niall In comparison to what happened to the last club to be convicted of salary cap rorts, Adelaide has been treated leniently by the AFL.
Jake Niall With the Crows' draft penalties taking time to hurt, where are the more immediate punishments?
Jake Niall Now the shoe's on the other foot and the Hawks are grand final losers, expect a robust response.
Jake Niall In racing parlance the AFL draw has become a handicap event, a policy that should be turfed.
Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.