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.

Essendon saga: Bombers add former Hawk Sam Grimley as an eighth top-up player

Jon Pierik Essendon has secured their eighth top-up player, with former Hawk Sam Grimley set to play a role up forward.

AFL season 2016: Clubs paying for Bombers' 'indiscretion', says David Koch

Paddy Ryder looks to pass the ball during round one in 2015. This year, he won't be there.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says the four clubs with banned Essendon players are "paying for somebody else's indiscretion", but insists the Power's premiership hopes will not be derailed by...

AFL season 2016: No time to waste, says excited Blue Kade Simpson

Kade Simpson is set to become only the 12th Blue to notch at least 250 matches.

Jon Pierik Apart from a premiership, Kade Simpson has just about seen it all during his time with Carlton.

AFL season 2016: Blues were made to feel as if they had 'committed a murder'

Much was expected of Carlton during Mick Malthouse's tenure, but it all went sour.

Jon Pierik Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson says the battling Blues were made to feel as if they had "committed a murder" last season as the losses mounted and speculation over the future of coach Mick...

St Kilda's Jack Billings shows he is back in the groove

Jack Billings of the Saints is congratulated by Nick Riewoldt after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Having learnt more about his craft in an unexpected capacity last season, emerging St Kilda small forward Jack Billings is ready to impress in his desired capacity this year.

Essendon saga: Players to appeal to Swiss court against Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict

Not over yet: Many players from the Essendon 34 are supporting the next stage of legal action.

Jon Pierik The Essendon supplements scandal is set to continue for at least another year, as the 34 past and present AFL players banned for an anti-doping breach for a year by the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

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Collingwood star Travis Cloke aiming to open contract talks

Jon Pierik Collingwood veteran Travis Cloke is expected to open contract renegotiations mid-season, with the power forward to chase a three-year extension.

'Future' AFL chairman Jeff Browne no longer in the running

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, Eddie McGuire, Rhonda Whylie and her husband, Jeff Browne.

Jon Pierik The man once tipped to be a future AFL Commission chairman is no longer in the running to join the game's governing body.

Group of up to 15 banned Bombers consider split ahead of compo bid

Jobe Watson could join the breakaway group to fight for compensation.

Jon Pierik A group of up to 15 members of the banned Essendon 34 are considering breaking away from the AFL Players Association, and fighting their personal compensation claims against the Bombers through...

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold resigns effective immediately

Outgoing Hawks president Andrew Newbold.

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

Stephen Dank: I want to clear the names of the Essendon 34

Stephen Dank: Hopes his impending court cases will help to clear the names of the 34 banned Essendon players.

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the architect of the Essendon injecting program, says he hopes his impending court cases help to clear the names of the 34 past and present players banned for being administered an...

AFL 2016: The Richmond six who could hold the Tigers back

Heartbreak: Last year's elimination final loss to North was a bitter disappointment for the Tigers.

Jon Pierik Richmond's hopes of a breakthrough finals win - and even a premiership - hinge on improving their depth, with official data showing their bottom-tier players have the fifth-worst rating of any side.

Essendon 34: New twist as Stephen Dank to argue he did not send Shane Charter to China

Dank reacts while answering questions at a function.

Jon Pierik Former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank is set to argue he did not source banned peptides from China through disgraced biochemist Shane Charter, as he prepares to ramp up more than two dozen...

Replacing AFL Indigenous boss will be 'hard', says club chief

Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter believes the departure of the AFL's leading indigenous official will be hard to replace.

Greater depth has Geelong ready to pounce

Jon Pierik Greater depth and class in the crucial mid-20s age group has Geelong hopeful a top-four resurgence - and potential flag assault - will eventuate this season.

Essendon 34: Magistrate's ruling could help CAS appeal bid

Jon Pierik A Melbourne Magistrate Court's ruling that Essendon had failed to keep a safe workplace could provide a boost for those players banned for an anti-doping breach to launch an appeal to clear their...

Injury scare for Melbourne's Jack Watts

Jon Pierik As he enters a year when he can become a free agent, there was a minor scare for Jack Watts on Wednesday when the Melbourne utility left training early with an elbow complaint.

Eddie McGuire calls for finals 'wildcard' for NAB Challenge winner

Eddie McGuire is backing a radical idea for the NAB Challenge winner.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and North Melbourne benefactor Peter Scanlon have a radical proposal to enliven the AFL fixture - give the pre-season competition winner a "wildcard" berth...

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Essendon 34: Banned Bombers' Swiss appeal may taint AFL season

High-stakes move: Former Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray.

Jon Pierik A potential appeal by banned Essendon players against their anti-doping penalty could taint an AFL season and have adverse ramifications for those players still in the league.

Match-day experience given thumbs up by AFL but not all fans happy

Popular: kick-to-kick at the MCG last year.

Jon Pierik The AFL has given a general tick of approval to the improved match-day experience of home teams last season - but not all fans were satisfied.