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 The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.
Jake Niall Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Jake Niall He's an enigma in the AFL - too small, too slow they said. So why is Hawk Sam Mitchell so good?
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 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 Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Brownlow medallist strains a hamstring and All-Australian defender forced out of the game.
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 St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.