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 Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.
Jake Niall In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.
Jake Niall Essendon coach says Bombers did not use the ball well enough or convert opportunities against Geelong.
Jake Niall As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.
Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.
Jake Niall Geelong and Hawthorn’s rivalry has been the game’s most compelling for some years, but this latest installment has taken not only their competition, but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall GEELONG and Hawthorn's rivalry has been the game's most compelling for some years, but this latest instalment has taken not only their competition but AFL football to unprecedented heights.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?
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 Talented Port Adelaide midfielder will consider his future when he returns home to Victoria during bye weekend.
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 Dustin Martin shows he's a force to be reckoned with.
Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.