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 A leading international arbitrator says the Essendon 34 could "take heart" from a previous case heard by the man who will preside over their case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Jon Pierik Essendon coach James Hird has declared there are "ordinary individuals" working in the AFL industry and maintains the truth was never meant to emerge in the investigation into the club's...
Jon Pierik The AFL and the match review panel will meet on Monday in a bid to clarify the tackling guidelines which have left many in the football world confused.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne playmaker Brent Harvey says he has heeded the message from coach Brad Scott after his "half punishment" and demotion to the role of substitute on Saturday night.
Jon Pierik Stung by a terrible loss last weekend, Essendon coach James Hird says a forthright meeting with his players went some way to clearing the air but importantly allowed them to re-commit to the task of...
Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has blasted this year's AFL fixture, believing clubs such as Carlton have been given unfair prominence because of the league's craving for a major new...
Jon Pierik The Essendon District Football League has moved to become the first suburban competition in Australia to implement its own illicit drugs policy.
Jon Pierik Veteran North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson admits he and his teammates are "on notice" as they fight to save a sinking season.
Jon Pierik The AFL will enlist a working party of experienced football department bosses and players' association officials to debate whether the tribunal tackling guidelines need to be revamped to further...
Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious shoulder injury.
Jon Pierik As pressure builds on James Hird, former Essendon chairman Ray Horsburgh has urged the club to soon make a call on whether to retain their coach for 2016 or begin to look elsewhere.
Jon Pierik The AFL's internal review into how it handled the Essendon supplements saga is unlikely to be released until the end of the year.
Jon Pierik While Jimmy Bartel seems assured of a senior return this week, veteran Geelong midfielder James Kelly will need to prove his fitness before he is given the opportunity to face slumping North...
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned suburban footballers they could face as much scrutiny as their elite AFL counterparts.
Jon Pierik Jobe Watson has revealed he has considered relinquishing the Essendon captaincy, questioning whether he would enjoy the sport more without the added pressure.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association and Greater Western Sydney chief Dave Matthews are at loggerheads over a call for illicit-drug testing to be part of a player's standard contract in a revised industry...
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Melbourne could soon be forced to make a difficult decision on a warhorse midfielder.
Jon Pierik Former Brisbane Bears coach Peter Knights says Philip Walsh will be remembered as a "path finder" who was ahead of his time in terms of preparation and fitness.
Jon Pierik Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead, his wife is in hospital and his son has been charged with murder after a domestic dispute at their South Australian home on Friday morning.
Jon Pierik Leading psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg says Sunday's clash between Adelaide and Geelong should go ahead as a way for the football community to deal with the shock death of Crows coach Phil Walsh.