Jon Pierik

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.

AFL

Collingwood forward Ben Kennedy finding his feet after surgery

Jon Pierik Adelaide boy Ben Kennedy no longer feels like a stranger here, writes Jon Pierik.

AFL

Skipper Luke Hodge backs Hawthorn's no-ego ethos

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Hawks will continue to preach a 'no egos' ethos and hope to again plot run to perfection in a bid to secure back-to-back premierships.

AFL

Top AFL clubs fear extra tax

Some clubs are concerned about discussions relating to a tax on overall income.

Jon Pierik Power clubs fear league could introduce tax on overall club income on top of a cap on football-department spending.

AFL

Taylor Adams has been quick to impress his new teammates at Collingwood

Taylor Adams

Jon Pierik If former Giant Taylor Adams was concerned about seeking the respect of his new captain Scott Pendlebury, he needn't worry.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury backs night AFL grand final

Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.

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The AFL's broadcasting rights could be worth $1.6b in 2016

The AFL TV rights deal may go up to $1.6 billion in 2016.

Jon Pierik League moves to beef up intricate knowledge of media by appointing former News Corp chief to its board.

AFL

Sprint puts spring in Demon Bernie Vince's game

Bernie Vince.

Jon Pierik For players, the NAB Challenge is about building fitness and finding some touch before the season proper.

AFL

David Armitage and Jack Steven to fill midfield void for St Kilda

St Kilda's David Armitage.

Jon Pierik St Kilda midfielder turns the spotlight on himself and fellow onballer Jack Steven.

AFL

Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

AFL

Max Bailey's courage an inspiration for Hawthorn in 2013

Hawthorn's Max Bailey.

Jon Pierik New book reveals just how close Bailey was to having his premiership dream erased.

AFL

Dale Thomas to miss Carlton's first NAB Challenge game against North Melbourne with chest infection

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton against North Melbourne on Saturday.

AFL

Kennett had a radical plan when Hawks struggled

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett proposed dropping coach Alastair Clarkson to the VFL.

Allen Christensen to miss half the season

Allen Christensen

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Allen Christensen is set to miss the opening half of the season after having back surgery on Friday.

AFL

Dale Thomas ruled out of Blues side

Carlton's Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne due to a chest infection.

AFL

St Kilda's Rhys Stanley is looking forward to playing more in attack in 2014

AFL Round 3.St.Kilda v Gold Coast Suns.St.Kilda's Rhys Stanley marks ahead of Sun's Jeremy Taylor at Etihad.8th April 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik Athletic Saint endured a rugged season as a defender for the whole of 2013.

Wayne Carey confirmed for Seven's Friday night footy

Wayne Carey

Jon Pierik Wayne Carey's return as one of the coveted voices in the AFL is gathering steam, with the former North Melbourne champion joining Channel Seven's marquee Friday-night commentary team, while Campbell...

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Who replaces Buddy? Hawks search for the answer

Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson knows it could take at least a month into the season proper before the Hawks have a true handle on who replaces Lance Franklin in the forward line.

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Nathan Lovett-Murray a reasoned voice of calm amid Essendon unrest

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik In a saga that continues to elicit many rash comments, Nathan Lovett-Murray provides a sane voice.

AFL

I put my trust in Stephen Dank, retired Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray says

Nathan Lovett-Murray

Jon Pierik Retired Don urges sport scientist to talk to anti-doping authorities.

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James Hird's father hits out at Bomber president Paul Little

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Jon Pierik Allan Hird takes umbrage at Paul Little's remarks that his son would ''whack'' anyone.

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