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 In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.
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 Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston boot five goals apiece to lift their side to victory over West Coast.
Jake Niall Essendon would be wise to resolve any sanctions from the supplements saga as soon as possible.
Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.
Jake Niall Now the shoe's on the other foot and the Hawks are grand final losers, expect a robust response.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall The Hawks didn’t choke. Adelaide choked them.
Jake Niall Cyril Rioli was 'buggered' in the last quarter, when Alastair Clarkson made the game's most telling move, shifting the electric Cyril deeper into attack, where his jolts revived a flatlining team.
Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
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?