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 Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall Hawks must beat Geelong and then win the flag to validate the Alastair Clarkson era.
Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.
Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.
Jake Niall The Hawks could buy two quality midfielders for what the esteemed Buddy Franklin costs them.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall Carlton and Geelong have suffered significant injury blows in their round three encounter, with key players Matthew Kreuzer and Travis Varcoe set to miss lengthy chunks of the season.
Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.
Jake Niall The locals in Geelong weren't expecting a Close Encounter of any kind.
Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?
Jake Niall It wasn't the grand final replay in any sense. This match was a low-standard contest that ended with a dramatic Collingwood victory.
Jake Niall There is a way for Travis Boak to become a Cat should he leave Port and ask to be traded to Geelong.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Often this season the AFL has seemed to be a two-tiered competition.
Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.