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 It is one of football's great debates, but Gary Ablett jnr has an emphatic response: he is not as good as his equally famous father.
Jon Pierik Veteran coach Kevin Sheedy talks about arguably the most controversial decision of his career.
Jon Pierik Adelaide struggles to deal with sliding rule in season-opening 35-point loss.
Jon Pierik No coin for traditional pre-match toss determining which end the teams would kick to.
Jon Pierik Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes says midfielder Colin Sylvia has the ability to be 'almost unstoppable'.
Jon Pierik The AFL will move to tighten a loophole allowing players to dodge drug testers and self-report to avoid a strike under its illicit-drugs policy.
Jon Pierik AFL captains propose delaying annual start of pre-season training until January 1.
Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson In-season mini-draft, ban on top clubs poaching free agents and possible sale of AFL logo on front of player jumpers options discussed in bid to ease gap between AFL's rich and poor.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.
Jon Pierik Free agents will continue to be the main focus of fans and media this season.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.
Jon Pierik St Kilda captain says degenerative left knee injury likely to be trigger that ends his career.
Jon Pierik Players label disparity in spending between power and smaller clubs as ''emerging industrial issue''.
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik AFL refuses to link Friday night's dismal NAB Cup turn-out with negative publicity.
Jon Pierik The AFL has revealed the opportunity to buy Etihad Stadium ahead of schedule is closing, as it emerged league chief executive Andrew Demetriou was paid almost $2 million last year.
Jon Pierik Call for all major sports to adopt a consistent approach to treating head injuries.
Jon Pierik Michael Jamison says team refuses to use growing pains with new game plan as excuse.
Jon Pierik The NAB Cup final may be a tip of the iceberg, but Murphy showed he is ready to lead.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.