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 and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.
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 In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.
Jake Niall Midfielder will become latest contractual domino to fall into place at Collingwood.
Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.
Jake Niall Often this season the AFL has seemed to be a two-tiered competition.
Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.
Jake Niall Coach says it shows Hawks have a ''plan B'' in the event of a catastrophic injury.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jake Niall Pies expected to confirm adding All-Australian pair Travis Cloke and Dale Thomas and recalled defender Heath Shaw to new leadership group.
Jake Niall Collingwood training more like match practice than a real practice match.
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.
Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.
Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.
Jake Niall Seemingly innocuous game against Port a significant challenge for Collingwood.