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 Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.
Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.
Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.
Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.
Richard Baker, Jake Niall, John Silvester, Nick McKenzie Concerns Essendon players may have been given a banned performance-enhancing drug have strengthened with the emergence of an invoice showing the club was billed for a ''Thymosin peptide''.
Richard Baker, Jake Niall and John Silvester Emails show a biochemist and Essendon’s former sports scientist discussing how to use a banned drug. Now an invoice for the drug has emerged.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Jobe Watson has expressed regret that he admitted taking a banned drug.
Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.
Jake Niall Essendon will not allow its players to suffer financial penalties in the event that they are suspended by the AFL tribunal as a result of the supplements investigation.
Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Jake Niall Essendon captain Jobe Watson and several teammates were used as human guinea pigs by the club, receiving injections or infusions of banned drug AOD9604 in volumes and at a frequency far exceeding its...
Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Jake Niall Essendon captain and several teammates were used as virtual human ''guinea pigs'' by the club.
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 Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.
Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.
Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.
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.