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.

Brisbane Bears

Too much to 'Bear': Can the Suns finally rise?

When the Gold Coast Suns were borne, the AFL said it had learnt from the mistakes of the "Bad News" Bears, a franchise that took to the field for the first time 30 years ago with a bunch of cast offs, ageing greats and a smattering of high-priced recruits. Not to mention an administration working in portable buildings.

Josh Gibson

Hawk Gibson announces his retirement

When it comes to remembering the Hawthorn dynasty that powered to three premierships in as many years, Josh Gibson may not be one of the first names recalled. Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Lance Franklin, before he decamped for the Swans, Jarryd Roughead and Jordan Lewis would generally find themselves at the top of the list.

Alex Rance of the Tigers (left) and Harry Taylor.

Will Alex Rance be Richmond's weak link in September?

Damien Hardwick has been praised this season for the changes he has made personally and overseen in the Tigers' football department. From almost being out the door this time last year, Hardwick has emerged as one of the more astute minds of the competition, having embraced, among other things, the need for quicker ball movement and pressure intensity inside 50.

Important: Harry Taylor booted four goals.

Motlop, Taylor dominant as Cats tame Tigers

While doing the radio rounds pre-match, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook made it clear the Cats would soon be open to offers for Steven Motlop - the inconsistent but sometimes match-winning star who is off contract.