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 Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.
Jake Niall Hawthorn comes back from a seemingly hopeless position to beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 AFL grand final and reach this year's decider.
Jake Niall Hawthorn withstands an early challenge from Essendon to romp home by 56 points.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin returns from injury to kick four goals in a convincing 35-point win at the MCG.
Jake Niall Hawks' failure to beat Cats continues distinct pattern from 2012 preliminary and grand finals.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Hawthorn's versatile forward/utility becomes latest Hawk to commit for the long-term.
Jake Niall Coach says it shows Hawks have a ''plan B'' in the event of a catastrophic injury.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Jake Niall Hawthorn is kicking its way to another premiership - unless someone finds a way to stem the advance.
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 On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall As if the outlook for Hawthorn wasn't rosy enough, the Hawks' vice-captain has returned.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin was certainly Hawthorn's most potent player in the grand final.
Jake Niall Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's impact on the game continues to grow, but who is he and what shaped the AFL superstar?
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.