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 North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.
Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.
Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.
Jon Pierik He does not have any proof but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Dane Swan could have been an unwitting victim of a "game" prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell is playing.
Jon Pierik While Luke Ball believes he has enough "competitive juice" to play on next season, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said a decision on the future of the veteran midfielder will be made in the "cold,...
Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has been quick to act at his new club, adopting a "fan-friendly" philosophy and investigating whether this year's heritage guernsey should become the permanent...
Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.
Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.
Jon Pierik Channel Ten has signalled its interest in bidding for the next AFL broadcast rights, even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement.
Jon Pierik An already storied club rivalry could be set for another grand chapter with Collingwood firmly in the mix as Mick Malthouse's opponent when he breaks Jock McHale's record for most games as an VFL-AFL...
Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.
Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.
Jon Pierik Jason Akermanis says he welcomes an official investigation after being at the centre of a complaint for breaching the AFL Victoria cyber safety policy.
Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to slap a life ban on sports scientist Stephen Dank, a lawyer who acted as an adviser to Essendon last year says any attempt by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency to broker...
Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...
Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.
Jon Pierik As a little-known Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority amendment bill goes before the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the so-called blackest day in Australian...