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.

 Luke Hodge with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership trophies.

Hodge one of footy's great captains

Sam Mitchell best summed up Luke Hodge's leadership when recalling their captaincy handover after the 2010 campaign, a move which would soon spark a run of three-straight premierships.

Allegations of illicit drug use by Lachie Whitfield were raised last year.

Giants fined $100,000 for Whitfield affair

Greater Western Sydney has been handed a $100,000 fine and a penalty of 1000 draft points after it was found guilty by the AFL Commission subcommittee over the Lachie Whitfield case.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton with Sam Petrevski-Seton.

Petrevski-Seton ready to heat up Blues' midfield

Having spent the past fortnight installing solar panels, Carlton's top draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton will now look to add some electricity to a midfield recruiting chief Steve Silvagni says has craved speed.