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.

Bernie Vince into history as Dees' best

Man possessed: Demons midfielder Bernie Vince now has a best and fairest at two clubs.

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.

Geelong veteran Corey Enright to play on in 2016

Corey Enright (left) had another strong season and remains an important part of the club's back line

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.

Melbourne Demons captain Nathan Jones to have neck surgery

Nathan Jones

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...

Rebuilding Carlton Blues seek an AFL priority draft pick

Carlton is seeking a priority pick.

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...

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Tigers get a kick along in front of goal

Ben Lennon.

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.

Young Hawk Billy Hartung ready to step up if Isaac Smith is ruled out

Billy Hartung

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.

Hawks determined to avoid making grand final the 'tough way'

AFL Sherrin

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.

Mars no longer wants a bite of the Blues

AFL Sherrin

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.

AFL finals 2015: How much pressure is your AFL coach under?

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

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.

Western Bulldogs insist they will have enough finals bite

We'll have enough bite: Mitch Wallis speaks to the media at Whitten Oval on Monday.

Jon Pierik Midfield hardnut Mitch Wallis is adamant the Western Bulldogs' attacking game plan can hold up in the finals

Carlton to dismiss emotion in Matthew Kreuzer deal

Former Carlton coaches John Barker and Mick Malthouse and departing high-performance manager David Buttifant.

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.

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Pssst: Irate Ireland want the Aussies to come round

In demand: Jesse Hogan of the Demons.

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...

Bottoms up as the Blues collect the wooden spoon

AFL Sherrin

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.

Clubs hope banned Magpies pair act as a drugs deterrent

AFL Sherrin

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...

No, Brad Scott, questions were rightly asked over resting

Questions: Brad Scott during the game against Richmond on Friday.

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.

Jeremy Howe's future still a mystery to Demons

AFL Sherrin

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.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge to face leadership group after caught drink-driving

Luke Hodge

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.

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AFL crackdown on Rising Star betting

Lewis Taylor edged Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli by one vote to claim the prestigious award last year.

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.

High-flying Hawks opt for stability over rest

AFL Sherrin

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...

Is your AFL club 'relevant' in 2015? We have the answer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23:  Demons head coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during the round 21 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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.

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