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 Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.
Jake Niall The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.
Chloe Saltau and Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott insists that time out of the game won't help Tom Hawkins.
Jake Niall Melbourne takes the radical step of putting contract discussions with 11 players on hold until mid-October, as the club delays decisions on players' futures until it has entered the free agency and...
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Under the new system players have greater freedom and flexibility - but so do the clubs.
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 Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.