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.

Gold Coast Suns players deny any involvement in drugs scandal

Jon Pierik Gold Coast Suns players maintain they are not implicated in the cocaine sting that has engulfed south-east Queensland.

Leigh Matthews says 'look' of AFL has changed for the worse

Leigh Matthews

Jon Pierik AFL Hall of Fame legend Leigh Matthews says the look of the game has changed for the worse in the past five years but any suggestion to try and rectify this through a cut in interchange numbers must...

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Nine AFL clubs cleared but WorkCover probe into Essendon, AFL continues

The probe into Essendon continues.

Jon Pierik Nine Victorian AFL clubs have been cleared of alleged breaches of occupational health and safety but the Victorian WorkCover Authority's probe into Essendon and the AFL continues.

GWS given extra $3.25 million by AFL

GWS Giants chairman Tony Shepherd with coach Leon Cameron.

John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The AFL's expansion into Sydney's rugby league and soccer heartland has hit a financial bump, with the league forced to tip in an extra $3.25 million into the Greater Western Sydney Giants last year.

AFL umpires to crack down on holding the ball and blocking marks

Mark Evans said umpires had been too lenient early last year.

Jon Pierik Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.

Gold Coast Suns will question players over Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson The Queensland Rugby Union has made it clear code-hopper Karmichael Hunt was still a contracted AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns when he was under investigation for allegedly supplying cocaine.

AFL keen to stage International Rules clash in New York

Brodie Smith of Australia gathers the ball during the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium in November last year.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson The AFL is working to honour its commitment to the game's stars by staging an International Rules trial game in New York later this year.

Karmichael Hunt's arrest sparks debate over a national sports integrity unit

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik, Heath Aston and Adrian Proszenko A cocaine bust involving Karmichael Hunt has raised questions about the need for a national sports-specific integrity unit, as the AFL and Gold Coast Suns maintain a close eye on events in south-east...

Paddy McCartin impresses in first hit-out for Saints

Paddy McCartin kicks as Dylan Roberton attepts to smother during a St Kilda intra-club match on Saturday.

Jon Pierik It looms as another tough year for St Kilda but supporters should be able to take plenty of solace in the development of young forward Paddy McCartin.

Crime body no longer probing drug links in sport

Karmichael Hunt during his time with the Gold Coast Suns.

Jon Pierik The Australian Crime Commission has ceased conducting investigations into the links between illicit drugs and professional athletes, despite warning it was an "ongoing issue" two years ago.

Western Bulldogs president Gordon delivers warning as AFL wages war brews

Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik As the AFL Players Association and AFL appear on a collision course in the next round of wage discussions, Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon fears for the game's future if significant...

Academies must benefit all clubs, say Bulldogs

'I support the notion of academies, whether it is Sydney's, GWS's, or the ones in Western Australia:' Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has backed the AFL's ratings plan for father-son and academy players, but declared academies must benefit the sport as a whole.

Jeff Browne coy on AFL Commission vacancy

Jeff Browne:

Jon Pierik Former Channel Nine boss Jeff Browne has emerged as a leading candidate to join the AFL Commission.

Jake Stringer shapes as important cog in Western Bulldogs' plans

Jake Stringer booted 26 goals last season, including bags of four or more on five occasions.

Jon Pierik While the public focus on the Western Bulldogs' forward line has largely been on Tom Boyd through the off-season, there is another marking target the Dogs hope can create trouble.

Dustin Martin re-signs with Richmond Tigers

Staying a Tiger until 2017: Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has agreed to a two-year contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2017.

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AFL releases 'top-up' player details for Bombers

Essendon

Jon Pierik Rival AFL clubs will reluctantly allow their VFL talent to join Essendon as top-up players, realising this is the most practical option to ensure the NAB Challenge and the AFL season proceeds amid...

Player agent calls for concussion levy

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Jon Pierik Concussion campaigner Peter Jess has called on the AFL to put one per cent of revenue from ticket sales into a fund to be used for independent analysis of head knocks.

Melbourne's Christian Petracca out for season after rupturing his ACL

Christian Petracca injured his knee at training and will miss the 2015 season.

Jon Pierik Christian Petracca will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at training.

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Off-colour Blues: Matthew Kreuzer to miss opening rounds

Blues coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's wretched run with injury has continued, with the Carlton ruckman to miss the opening rounds of the home-and-away season because of a hairline fracture in his foot.

Luke Beveridge ready to forge his own new chapter with Bulldogs

Buoyant: Luke Beveridge as coach.

Jon Pierik When he is not consumed by the day-to-day dealings of coaching, or spending time with his wife Dana and two children, Luke Beveridge likes to pick up a book.