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 Richmond can see Shaun Hampson fitting a specific need for a forward who can also play in the ruck.
Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.
Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Jake Niall Carlton coach gives credit to his players for hanging on to defeat a charging North Melbourne.
Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.
Jake Niall Carlton and Geelong have suffered significant injury blows in their round three encounter, with key players Matthew Kreuzer and Travis Varcoe set to miss lengthy chunks of the season.
Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall There are three factors that compel the AFL to investigate the allegations of tanking.
Jake Niall Carlton's surprise-packet forward seeks to capitalise on his form by negotiating a two-year deal.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?
Jake Niall Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall Melbourne's All-Australian ruckman is among those GWS is eyeing off for next year.
Jake Niall Carlton set to turn its attention to a bigger picture issue - the mix of home games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium.
Jake Niall Eight months after a knee reconstruction, St Kilda's James Gwilt will return in the VFL.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.