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 St Kilda had discussed the possibility of Stephen Milne playing on in 2014 with both the player and his management prior to him being charged with rape.
Jake Niall Carlton's worst loss of 2013 came when it played three ruckmen/forwards against the straggling Saints in round seven.
Jake Niall Nick Dal Santo has always been a player whom opposition clubs watched closely.
Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.
Jake Niall Forget ''narcotic correctness'' the AFL must find a simpler way to tackle its most pressing problem.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.
Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?
Jake Niall St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.
Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.
Jake Niall When Lenny Hayes had a knee reconstruction about this time last year, St Kilda people may not have said it, but the thought bubble that formed instantly was almost universal: That's our season.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?
Jake Niall Not even the most sobering talk by Damien Hardwick will be able to contain the fervour at Punt Road now.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's impact on the game continues to grow, but who is he and what shaped the AFL superstar?