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.
Jon Pierik While the Magpies have become the latest AFL club to deal with an anti-doping controversy, there was some relief on Monday, when recruit Jack Crisp was cleared to play this weekend.
Jon Pierik Collingwood say they are certain that the positive drugs tests returned by two of their AFL players have nothing to do with the club.
Jon Pierik Carlton hopes a pre-season focused on greater composure and ball control allows its players to flourish and "love the big stage".
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned that the banned drug two Collingwood footballers have tested positive for can prompt a stroke.
Jon Pierik The AFL's anti-doping tribunal will release its verdict on the case involving Essendon, the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on Tuesday.
Jon Pierik As calls come for a "root and branch" review of how the national anti-doping body completes its investigations, the man at the centre of the Essendon saga insists his supplements program was known at...
Jon Pierik The former Essendon player taking legal action against the Bombers over health and safety concerns has ordered any documents involving two of the prominent drugs used during the club's...
Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes has attacked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, declaring he has "isolated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders even more than they are already".
Jon Pierik While many of the so-called football experts believe Collingwood won't make the top eight this season, Magpies chief executive Gary Pert has declared his club can be a "real threat" if all goes well.
Jon Pierik Fremantle midfielder Ryan Crowley will miss the opening month of the season, as he awaits his hearing before the AFL's anti-doping tribunal in May.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams is considering his AFL future after suffering another concussion.
Jon Pierik Nick Stevens was one of the AFL's premier midfielders 10 years ago but life can be a challenge when footy careers finish.
Jon Pierik As 16 of the 18 participating AFL captains were directed on to the lush turf of Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, there was one man the media was ready to pounce upon.
Jon Pierik Frontline ruckman Tom Bellchambers will wait until the season unfolds before opening serious contract negotiations with Essendon.
Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli has revealed he almost "pulled the pin" on returning from a serious hamstring injury last year, a move which would have denied him the opportunity of playing in Hawthorn's back-to-back...
Jon Pierik Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy says there has never been a tougher time for the club, admitting it is in the "trenches" ahead of an uncertain start to the home-and-away season.
Jon Pierik As their date with the AFL's anti-doping tribunal nears, Essendon coach James Hird is still preparing for the Bombers to field their "best" team for the season opener against Sydney.
Jon Pierik They may have had only seven of their best 22 players on the field but Essendon's poise was pivotal as they claimed a shock two-point win over Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
Jon Pierik Etihad Stadium chief Paul Sergeant has hit back at North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw, declaring the venue has been a "positive" one for all parties.
Jon Pierik Any suggestions Craig Kelly could eventually replace Eddie McGuire as Collingwood's next president appear over - at least in the short term.