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 Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.
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 Forget ''narcotic correctness'' the AFL must find a simpler way to tackle its most pressing problem.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.
Jake Niall Hawthorn is 'not shocked' that Lance Franklin has put contract talks on hold until season's end.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse will coach with at least three, and possibly four, fewer coaches.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda is still hopeful that a deal can be struck for Mitch Brown.
Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?
Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.
Jake Niall There are three factors that compel the AFL to investigate the allegations of tanking.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Clinton Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood.
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 Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.
Jared Lynch and Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is expecting the Pies to be at their most formidable in Saturday night's semi-final.
Jake Niall Dale Thomas hasn't had a flash season. Not given to overstatement, Thomas called his mediocre qualifying final effort against Hawthorn a ''shocker'' and at half-time last night he was still stuck on...
Jake Niall For the Hawks, their final home-and-away game of 2012 delivered what they wanted.