Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

Jeremy Howe's future still a mystery to Demons

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Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge to face leadership group after caught drink-driving

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Jon Pierik Remorseful Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says he feels like an "idiot" after he made a "stupid" decision to drive home on Thursday night and was caught drink-driving.

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AFL crackdown on Rising Star betting

Lewis Taylor edged Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli by one vote to claim the prestigious award last year.

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.

High-flying Hawks opt for stability over rest

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Jon Pierik In a week where the resting of players has become a major point of debate, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has embraced the mantra of "continuity and stability" as the Hawks prepare to face lowly...

Is your AFL club 'relevant' in 2015? We have the answer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23:  Demons head coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during the round 21 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.

Supreme Court writ lodged against AFL over Essendon supplements scandal

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Jon Pierik Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor has launched legal action in the Supreme Court against the AFL over its handling of the Essendon supplements saga, claiming the league "engaged in multiple acts of...

The Blue review: Rating Carlton's 2015 season

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Jon Pierik What went right ... and what went wrong with the Blues in season 2015.

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AFL international rules stars to attend New York training camp

Harry Taylor of Australia tackles Pearce Hanley of Ireland during the international rules Test in Perth last year.

Jon Pierik The Australian international rules side will hold a training camp in New York under a bid to revitalise the hybrid round-ball game.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban unhappy over lost GPS tracking contract in AFL

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Jon Pierik and John Stensholt Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is surprised and disappointed at a decision by the AFL to award a player-GPS tracking and data services contract to Champion Data.

Retiring Sam Blease joins ranks of AFL head-knock victims

Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has been forced into retirement because of concussion.

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has become the third player forced into retirement because of concussion this year.

Fremantle get AFL approval to rest 11 players

As many as 11 players from Fremantle's side that beat Melbourne may be missing this weekend.

Jon Pierik Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has again embraced a controversial resting policy in the final round of the season, as he plots his way to what he hopes will be a breakthrough premiership.

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Blues join the race for young Giants star Adam Treloar

Adam Treloar.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton has emerged as a late suitor for the hottest young property on the trade market.

Time for bickering to stop, urges Tassie footy chief

Matthew Richardson is one of a host of AFL champions from Tasmania.

Jon Pierik Tasmanian football chief Scott Wade has called for an end to the bickering between various football regions in his state, declaring they must find a way to "speak as one" before they will be...

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Catapult shares plunge as AFL awards GPS and data contract to 49 per cent-owned Champion Data

Catapult sports is on the verge of losing its AFL contract.

John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The AFL is set to award a player GPS tracking and data services contract to Champion Data, a company the league owns 49 per cent of, despite all 18 clubs currently holding contracts with a rival...

Saint Farren Ray hopes for an extended ray of contract sunshine

Farren Ray (left) has endured a frustrating season, managing just seven senior matches.

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares to farewell one senior servant, another may have to settle for a one-year contract extension to continue his career next season.

Star Magpie points to improved trust, leadership

Brodie Grundy gets a hand to the ball ahead of Mark Blicavs of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says on-field leadership and trust remains a work in progress, and is a key area the Magpies will look to improve in order to return to the finals next season.

Big Bomber Tom Bellchambers extends contract

Tom Bellchambers is likely to be a valuable piece in the club's rebuilding program.

Jon Pierik They may not yet have a new coach but Essendon has made an important recontracting decision, resigning Tom Bellchambers to a two-year contract.

Returning Cat Daniel Menzel hopes for a pain-free summer

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Jon Pierik Having starred in his first match in almost four years, Geelong forward Daniel Menzel says his next major challenge is to train - pain free - through the pre-season.

Daniel Menzel stars, but Magpies end Cats' grand era

Daniel Menzel takes a big mark.

Jon Pierik The late withdrawal of Collingwood powerhouse Travis Cloke, and a fairytale four goals and a late mark-of-the-year entry from Geelong's comeback kid Daniel Menzel, would have suggested the football...

Injured Nat Fyfe in race to be fit for AFL finals

Injured: Brownlow favourite Nat Fyfe.

Jon Pierik and Brad Elborough The Brownlow Medal hopes of Fremantle star Nat Fyfe have taken a hit after he was ruled out of the final fortnight of home-and-away matches because of a leg injury and faces a fight to be fit for the...