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 has confirmed that skipper Trent Cotchin should return to the side for Sunday's game against Melbourne.
Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...
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 Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall On Brownlow eve, consider Jobe Watson's career and why he would be a deserving winner.
Jake Niall It was no groundhog year for the Tigers who appear to be a club escaping the shadows of the past.
Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.
Jake Niall Young Richmond star Trent Cotchin is the best of the modern breed.
Jake Niall After the 2001 grand final defeat, the Essendon fairytale turned into a 10-year spell of mediocrity.
Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.
Jake Niall For Richmond, it was a day of reminders. The Tigers were reminded that, for all their progress, they sit at five wins, six losses and well outside the eight.
Jake Niall Kevin Sheedy says he hopes his alma mater make the finals for the sake of the supporters who have seen so little success.
Jake Niall Not even the most sobering talk by Damien Hardwick will be able to contain the fervour at Punt Road now.
Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.
Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.
JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...
Jake Niall He was admired for his onfield leadership, but is former Cat Cameron Ling a coach in waiting?
Jake Niall Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall Two new arrivals at Richmond might make all the difference to the Tigers' game plan.