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.

Simon Goodwin says small forward Jeff Garlett is ready to go.

Trengove return one of the AFL's feel-good stories

When it comes to the feel-good story of the season, Jarryd Roughead's return from cancer cannot be beaten. That was a battle which had far greater implications than what may or may not happen to a sporting career.

Alastair Clarkson reflects on his coaching career so far.

Clarkson determined Hawks won't return to dark days

Motivations of many a kind can go into the make-up of an AFL coach. Whether it's from a desire to taste the spoils of club, team or personal success, or from the more darker recesses of proving critics wrong, there's much a coach can call on.

Not just the men: Pearce Hanley says there are plenty of skilled women footballers in Ireland.

Time for AFLW to look to Irish talent

The influence Irish male players have had on the AFL over the decades is clear, and there is no reason not to think this won't stretch into AFL Women's competition.