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.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall David Hille's suitors face a tough job prising him away from the Bombers, reports Jake Niall.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.