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 The AFL anti-doping tribunal will deliberate on the sanction to be handed to Stephen Dank after a final hearing was held in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised his side's composure as the Magpies now prepare to tackle what shapes as a season-defining month.
Jon Pierik He doesn't attract the same attention as some prospective senior coaches, but Geelong believes assistant Blake Caracella should be considered for the vacant Blues job.
Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook has endorsed the move to have players hair tested for illicit drug use for the rest of the season.
Jon Pierik As he prepares to enjoy the bye with a trip away with teammates, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says consistency at training and on match-day will be crucial to the Tigers hopes of making the finals.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has warned his team it's time to build momentum otherwise hopes of a top-four finish — and premiership aspirations — could be lost.
Jon Pierik Retired Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly has revealed he "wasn't too far off" from death and may have to deal with seizures for the rest of his life.
Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer has backed Peter Gordon's declaration that any attempt to ban an AFL player for a third positive strike to an illicit drug could result in court action.
Jon Pierik It may be considered football's version of mission impossible, but the Richmond faithful have at least two reasons to believe their team can handle "Superman" Nat Fyfe and topple undefeated Fremantle...
Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker says the Blues have "compromised" their ability to defeat the Adelaide Crows by dropping Chris Yarran for disciplinary reasons, but stressed the club needed to...
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared the Magpies are in the best health they have been for four years and says his team has only scratched "the tip of the iceberg" in its development.
Jon Pierik A frustrated Hawthorn has been buoyed by small forward Paul Puopolo being cleared of a major foot injury, while Jordan Lewis is likely to return against St Kilda.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the mid-season rule change, which will see free kicks awarded against players leading with their heads, will be hard for umpires to adjudicate.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.
Jon Pierik Gary Ablett's manager says the Gold Coast Suns champion won't be pressured into returning from injury before he feels ready.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's players have been labelled "selfish", as the Kangaroos begin to deal with the month-long absence of coach Brad Scott.
Jon Pierik Carlton has left the possibility open of campaigning for a priority pick should its season continue to unfold in a grisly manner.
Jon Pierik Coaching legend Leigh Matthews and former Geelong premiership counterpart Mark Thompson have urged clubs to rein in the salaries of senior coaches.
Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has urged his teammates to keep building momentum, heading into the mid-season break.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon says the team's encouraging form this season should warrant at least one Friday night match next season.