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 The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall Melbourne is set to confirm the reappointment of chief executive Cameron Schwab at the club's board meeting on Monday night.
Jake Niall Melbourne takes the radical step of putting contract discussions with 11 players on hold until mid-October, as the club delays decisions on players' futures until it has entered the free agency and...
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.
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 Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.
Jake Niall Richmond has confirmed that skipper Trent Cotchin should return to the side for Sunday's game against Melbourne.
Jake Niall Gold Coast seeking to retain one of its most established young midfielders, Dion Prestia, who is coming out of contract and is on the radar of some Victorian clubs.
Jake Niall Nick Dal Santo has always been a player whom opposition clubs watched closely.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Jake Niall Essendon Football Club has discovered in its records an invoice for the banned performance-enhancing supplement Hexarelin.
Jake Niall and Rohan Connolly Mark Neeld pledges to keep turning players over until he finds those who are ''up for the fight''.
Jake Niall Cameron Schwab will receive a six-month payout from his three-year contract.
Jake Niall Prominent former Melbourne forward David Schwarz has arranged a Thursday meeting with Demons’ president Don McLardy and is offering to lend assistance to the beleaguered club.
Jake Niall After the most stirring of wins over Fremantle, James Hird has bought himself more time.
Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.
Jake Niall With so many small games, it's time to resurrect Princes Park.
Jake Niall Under the terms of his suspension for his role in Melbourne's ''tanking'' episode, Chris Connolly will be barred from his club's rooms.
Jake Niall A fortunate bounce of the ball, a defender's poor positioning and a Melbourne's player's decision to decline a television interview featured in the chain of events that undid the Demons.
Jake Niall In comparison to what happened to the last club to be convicted of salary cap rorts, Adelaide has been treated leniently by the AFL.