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 Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon insists he holds no grudge against former captain Ryan Griffen and believes his club will emerge stronger from a harrowing end to the 2014 campaign.
Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue treading...
Jon Pierik While his coaching career now appears over with a record 718 matches to his credit, Mick Malthouse will enjoy a lucrative career in the media – should he choose to head down that path.
Jon Pierik John Barker knows all about perseverance – first as a player during his time with Fitzroy, the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn.
Jon Pierik Geelong Brownlow medallist Paul Couch has warned Joel Selwood he is likely to "cop" a hard tag most weeks and has urged the captain's teammates to provide greater assistance.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn will hope sharpshooters Luke Breust and Jack Gunston can regain their groove as the Hawks seek answers for an indifferent start to the season.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse's manager expects the AFL's most capped coach to remain in charge of Carlton next weekend and will not approach the club to bring forward contract discussions.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain Marc Murphy admits the declaration of a rebuild may have impacted on players "sub-consciously", as the Blues admitted they had been guilty of "pathetic" on-field performances this...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says there would need to be a "compelling reason" for the AFL to consider breaking away from the World Anti-Doping Agency code.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has urged his team to be "really physical" early in the grand final rematch against Sydney, as the Swans prepare for retribution.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn is bracing for Lance Franklin to physically target former premiership teammates for stinging comments made in last year's grand final.
Jon Pierik Former Richmond forward Jake King wants to take his case for compensation for a career-ending injury to the AFL grievance tribunal, after he lost his initial battle at arbitration.
Jon Pierik Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane remain two of the biggest names off contract this season, but there is growing speculation at least one will remain with the Adelaide Crows.
Jon Pierik As Scott Pendlebury prepares for his 200th match, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has urged his men to show greater nous when attempting to stop an opposition scoring burst.
Jon Pierik Dual Carlton premiership star Justin Madden has declared the spotlight should be on the players and not coach Mick Malthouse for a run of stinging defeats, while Channel Seven has brushed aside fears...
Jon Pierik Former list manager Chris Pelchen believes Melbourne will consider trading Jack Watts this year and says he would be worth a second-round pick in a national draft not expected to have great depth.
Jon Pierik As Richmond takes aim at kick-starting a slumping season against Collingwood, robust midfielder Dustin Martin has declared it's "very important" the Tigers make the finals this season.
Jon Pierik Defiant Essendon coach James Hird insists the AFL anti-doping tribunal provided an "absolutely iron clad" decision that his players were not given a banned drug, and fears their careers are now...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has backed a proposal for all teams to play each other once in the opening 17 rounds of the AFL season, declaring it would give all clubs the chance to assess where...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has brushed aside provocative comments from Melbourne forward Chris Dawes, declaring the Hawks are only intent on short-circuiting what has been a "yo-yo" season.