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 Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.
Jake Niall Carlton-Essendon games have a knack for the unexpected, for comebacks, upsets and stunning individual performances. This one, which had seemed headed for an unexceptional outcome, was no exception.
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 and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.
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 Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Carlton's surprise-packet forward seeks to capitalise on his form by negotiating a two-year deal.
Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.
Jake Niall Tall forward, who had a tumour removed just before Easter, has completed chemotherapy.
Jake Niall Sacking the coach rarely gives clubs the immediate reward they are looking for. Take note, Blues.
Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jake Niall Carlton will use NAB Cup to trial as many first- and second-year players as possible.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?
Jake Niall Eight months after a knee reconstruction, St Kilda's James Gwilt will return in the VFL.
Jake Niall Carlton will rest skipper Chris Judd for Sunday's game against Greater Western Sydney.