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 Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences
Jake Niall Favourite son or long-apprenticed assistant coach, who would you want your club to select?
Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.
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 Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse singled out his 'lazy players' inability to use the interchange bench as a key failing in the Blues' five point loss.
Jake Niall There were many times when the Richmond crowd were thinking 'it's happening again'.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse will coach with at least three, and possibly four, fewer coaches.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.
Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.
Jake Niall Collingwood and Richmond hoping to rebuild their once-storied rivalry.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.