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's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.
Sport in Crisis
Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.
Jake Niall As with man-induced global warming, altitude training has believers and sceptics.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.
Jake Niall Darren Jolly describes use of two substitutes and two interchanges as ''bloody stupid''.
Jake Niall Possibility of another trip to assist a small group of players not on agenda.
Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praises all 22 of his players after win over Geelong.
Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declined to be drawn on the incident in which his small forward Jamie Elliott was collected by Justin Koschitzke.
Jake Niall Coach's roulette spins weren't as costly as they threatened to become.
Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.
Jake Niall AFL's likely crackdown on self-reporting loophole for illicit drug use will be to restrict players to just one lifeline per career under its revised drugs code.
Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall Hawthorn can prove itself a strong organisation by recovering for the 2013 season, according to club president Andrew Newbold.
Jake Niall Hawthorn remains the only club to have made Lance Franklin a contract offer for 2014 and beyond.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Collingwood forward says that ''Buddy'' should only do ''what's best for him''.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.
Jake Niall Collingwood records unprecedented profit of $7.83 million, making it easily most profitable club in competition this year.