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 Two great finals have helped rescue Andrew Demetriou's annus horribilis.
Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.
Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.
Jake Niall There were many times when the Richmond crowd were thinking 'it's happening again'.
Jake Niall Chris Judd can see his storied past - and his role in what he calls football's 'soap opera' - more clearly than his post-football future.
Jake Niall Dual Brownlow medallist Chris Judd says the AFL's new rule interpretations have made it far harder for players to play ''instinctive'' footy, adding there is excessive tinkering with the rules.
Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse singled out his 'lazy players' inability to use the interchange bench as a key failing in the Blues' five point loss.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.