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 Midfielder Bernie Vince joined a select group of players to have won a best and fairest at two different clubs when he took out Melbourne's top honour in a thrilling count on Friday night.
Jon Pierik While Steve Johnson assesses his next move after leaving Geelong, fellow veteran Corey Enright will remain a Cat next season - and could become the club's all-time games record-holder.
Jon Pierik In a week where Melbourne celebrated Jesse Hogan's Rising Star award, there was sobering news on Friday when it emerged skipper Nathan Jones would have a delayed start to the pre-season because of...
Jon Pierik The fight for selection two in the national draft has intensified with Carlton declaring compensation for Matthew Kreuzer must be based on "merit" and not influenced by the parlous state of the...
Jon Pierik Emerging Richmond forward Ben Lennon says a dedication to providing clear feedback through the week has helped the Tigers boast one of the more potent forward lines heading into the finals.
Jon Pierik Speedy midfielder Billy Hartung has declared he is ready to play in his first final and handle the pressure of September if teammate Isaac Smith is ruled out through injury.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn is determined to avoid having to try to claim what would be an historic third-straight flag the "tough way" but that challenge will grow if line breaker Isaac Smith is ruled out.
Jon Pierik It's not only on the field where Carlton will have a new look next season, for the Blues are on the hunt for a joint major sponsor after Mars Chocolate opted to not renew its contract.
Jon Pierik While it's a fine achievement to have made the AFL finals, expectations, more often than not, don't stop there. For at least six of the finalists, more needs to be achieved.
Jon Pierik Midfield hardnut Mitch Wallis is adamant the Western Bulldogs' attacking game plan can hold up in the finals
Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer may be a "heart and soul" player of the Blues but club officials are set to dismiss emotion when it comes to deciding whether to match any offer for the frontline ruckman.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny So disappointed was the Gaelic Athletic Association with the limited depth of the Indigenous-only side sent for the International Rules Tests in Ireland in 2013 that officials were moved to express...
Jon Pierik Carlton will have the No.1 pick in the national draft after Brisbane's shock win over the Western Bulldogs relegated the Blues to their fourth wooden spoon in 14 years.
Jon Pierik Club chiefs are hopeful players have taken serious note of the trouble Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe found themselves in, as the post-season parties this week ramp up for those teams...
Jon Pierik Coach Brad Scott was within his right to lash out at anyone who suggested North Melbourne did not want to win on Friday night - but the question rightly had to be asked.
Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.
Jon Pierik Remorseful Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says he feels like an "idiot" after he made a "stupid" decision to drive home on Thursday night and was caught drink-driving.
Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.
Jon Pierik In a week where the resting of players has become a major point of debate, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has embraced the mantra of "continuity and stability" as the Hawks prepare to face lowly...
Jon Pierik When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.