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 Carlton believe Chris Judd's playing career could extend beyond this season if the champion midfielder has a "good year".
Jon Pierik It's been arguably the most emotional – and polarising – of issues in AFL history, and it will be two years on Thursday since the Essendon supplements scandal officially broke.
Jon Pierik When Carlton's players and coaches gathered in a circle on Mount Buller's summit this week, they reiterated what the focus of the pre-season had been.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority re-affirmed that it must work closely with key sporting bodies after James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court failed on Friday.
Jon Pierik What: James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court. Hird lost his initial case before Justice John Middleton against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Jon Pierik Carlton has revealed rebounding half-back Andrew Walker is recovering slowly from knee surgery but remain hopeful he will play in the NAB Challenge.
Jon Pierik James Hird's hopes of having the infraction notices against 34 past and present Essendon players quashed will be decided on Friday when the Federal Court unveils its ruling.
Jon Pierik Carlton has made it clear players who strive for excellence will be respected and admired and no longer have the "mickey" taken out of them as the rejigged Blues seek greater accountability.
Jon Pierik The AFL could introduce live bidding during this year's national draft for father-son and academy selections if a proposal put to clubs on Tuesday is passed.
Jon Pierik A rejuvenated Dale Thomas says he hopes to again play a key role in the midfield as coach Mick Malthouse and the Blues set "lofty expectations" after a disappointing 2014 campaign.
Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams was issued with an on-the-spot fine for being drunk in a public place in Geelong on Sunday night.
Jon Pierik James Hird is hopeful the provisional suspensions of about 20 of his Essendon players will not prevent them from honing their pre-season preparation in the NAB Challenge.
Jon Pierik As ongoing court dramas leave Essendon's players facing an uncertain start to the season, the Bombers on Saturday continued to concentrate on the only thing they can - improving their fitness.
Jon Pierik As Bob Murphy succinctly reminded us, it is that time of year when "fool's gold" is freely available.
Jon Pierik Determined Essendon defender Ariel Steinberg strode to a commanding win in Saturday morning's club mini-triathlon at Williamstown beach.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident one of the weapons which has enabled them to remain ahead of the AFL pack will not be hampered by a crackdown by authorities.
Jon Pierik If there is one thing Hawthorn's recent domination has reinforced, it's the importance of maintaining possession when under pressure.
Jon Pierik Collingwood are hopeful of a bigger paid-up membership this season on the back of their NAB Challenge foray into Tasmania.
Jon Pierik Medical experts were again called over the type of substances administered to the Essendon players as debate continued before the AFL's anti-doping tribunal on Wednesday.
Jon Pierik Richmond midfielders Reece Conca and Corey Ellis have yet to rejoin full training but the Tigers are confident that will soon change.