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.

New offer: The Saints are keen for Shane Savage to stay.

Saints dasher offered new deal

Out-of-contract St Kilda defender Shane Savage appears poised to remain at the Saints in 2018 after being offered a new deal by the club.

The Cats, led by Patrick Dangerfield, found their mojo to storm into a preliminary final against the Crows.

Preliminary final preview: Adelaide v Geelong

The Adelaide Crows finished on top of the ladder, stormed to a qualifying-final win, have a dominant forward line, enjoyed a week off and now await Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. Can they be beaten?

North's best: Shaun Higgins enjoyed a career-high average of 23.5 disposals and five tackles a game.

Higgins named Kangaroos' best

In a year when North Melbourne began a rebuild, veteran midfielder Shaun Higgins helped to lead the way and was rewarded on Friday night by claiming his maiden Syd Barker Medal.