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 Gold Coast Suns players maintain they are not implicated in the cocaine sting that has engulfed south-east Queensland.
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...
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Jon Pierik Former Channel Nine boss Jeff Browne has emerged as a leading candidate to join the AFL Commission.
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.
Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has agreed to a two-year contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2017.
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...
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.
Jon Pierik Christian Petracca will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at training.
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.
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.