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 Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.
Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
Jake Niall Under the new system players have greater freedom and flexibility - but so do the clubs.
Jake Niall On Brownlow eve, consider Jobe Watson's career and why he would be a deserving winner.
Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.
Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.
Jake Niall On the eve of his first meeting with the club he coached for 27 seasons, Kevin Sheedy has acknowledged that he would have traded Essendon's captain Jobe Watson if offered 'a very good player' in...
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon's grip on the top-eight spot it has held all season becomes shakier.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Jake Niall Michael Hurley underscores his status as Essendon's present and future.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?