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 Emerging Richmond midfielder Kamdyn McIntosh knew he was ready to step out in the seniors - he just needed his body to remain healthy.
Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas said he felt as if his injured shoulder "was half way down my arm" after he was crunched in a tackle in the opening minute of Thursday night's loss to Richmond.
Jon Pierik Brisbane is ready to confront a Collingwood team they expect will attack former teammate Dayne Beams "pretty hard" when the clubs open their season at the Gabba.
Jon Pierik While the focus has been on Essendon, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club is relieved Stewart Crameri has been cleared to play after it was ruled he was not administered a banned drug...
Jon Pierik In a fortnight week where drugs and gambling issues have overshadowed the game, there was something almost quaint when attention turned to Thursday night's season opener at the MCG.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon rookie-listed player Hal Hunter will intensify his bid to get to the bottom of the supplements saga by lodging a statement of claim with Essendon and the AFL.
Jon Pierik Comment: Forget the new faces on the field this weekend, for the real judgments could come from assessing which home team produces the best "fan-friendly" experience.
Jon Pierik Having emerged from what he dubbed a "mourning process", Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy says his primary aim now is to usher through the next generation which can have a sustained run at finals...
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."
Jon Pierik Veteran player agent Peter Jess has called for AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick to step down and says disgruntled former Essendon players may have no choice but to follow the legal action initiated by...
Jon Pierik Thirty-four past and present Essendon footballers are free to resume playing after being cleared of taking a banned drug.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has warned "ignorance is no excuse" as two of his players face being sacked should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.
Jon Pierik While four AFL players have tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs in recent times, the relatively small number of individual tests could mean players are tempted to try their luck.
Jon Pierik While the Magpies have become the latest AFL club to deal with an anti-doping controversy, there was some relief on Monday, when recruit Jack Crisp was cleared to play this weekend.
Jon Pierik Collingwood say they are certain that the positive drugs tests returned by two of their AFL players have nothing to do with the club.
Jon Pierik Carlton hopes a pre-season focused on greater composure and ball control allows its players to flourish and "love the big stage".
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned that the banned drug two Collingwood footballers have tested positive for can prompt a stroke.
Jon Pierik The AFL's anti-doping tribunal will release its verdict on the case involving Essendon, the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on Tuesday.
Jon Pierik As calls come for a "root and branch" review of how the national anti-doping body completes its investigations, the man at the centre of the Essendon saga insists his supplements program was known at...
Jon Pierik The former Essendon player taking legal action against the Bombers over health and safety concerns has ordered any documents involving two of the prominent drugs used during the club's...