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.

AFL

Chris Judd to miss Carlton's first two rounds due to Achilles tendon surgery

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Carlton champion Chris Judd will miss at least the opening two rounds after he undergos surgery.

AFL

Saints' Seaford base is geographically 'challenging' says Riewoldt

St Kilda Saints AFL media announcement at Dendy Street Beach

Jon Pierik St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has admitted publicly what some at the club have privately felt.

AFL

Jesse White will back up Travis Cloke in attack at Collingwood

Jesse White.

Jon Pierik Coach Nathan Buckley looking for greater goalkicking support for power forward.

AFL

Mick Malthouse admits his unabashed admiration for Dale Thomas

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he loves Dale Thomas "as a son" but insists the former Magpie will not be given preferential treatment.

AFL

Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

AFL

On the run: captains, leaders to step up

Sherrin

Jon Pierik AFL cuts runners from two to one as part of a bid to help clear up the field.

AFL

Travis Boak says Port Adelaide must go to a new level

No looking back: Travis Boak says Port must go to another level.

Jon Pierik It would be wrong to suggest Port Adelaide caught its rivals napping last season.

Dyson Heppell suffers back spasms

Dyson Heppell.

Jon Pierik Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell has been sent for scans on his sore back and will be sidelined from training until next week.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley pleased his squad didn't travel to a high-altitude training camp this pre-season

Deep heat: Nathan Buckley will consider a

Jon Pierik Coach says Magpies have almost completed comprehensive pre-season program on home soil.

AFL

Collingwood's Dane Swan reveals he and Richmond's Dustin Martin are 'good mates'

Jon Pierik Brownlow medallist insists he is not a mentor for the sometimes wayward Tiger.

AFL

Pre-season has whiff of 2010 premiership year, says re-signed Magpie Dane Swan

Dane Swan in action during a Collingwood pre-season intra-club match at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood champion will remain with the club for life, having signed till 2016.

AFL

Leigh Matthews warns Hawthorn of back-to-back mindset

Jon Pierik Hawks determined to avoid dramatic slump that ruined back-to-back bid in 2009.

AFL

Passion can beat dollars in AFL, says Port boss

Koch

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has added a fresh perspective to the equalisation debate.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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AFL

Jack Grimes and Nathan Jones to co-captain Melbourne

Nathan Jones and Jack Grimes aim to help the Demons deliver this season.

Jon Pierik Melbourne elects Nathan Jones to partner incumbent Jack Grimes as joint skipper.

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AFL

Leigh Matthews blasts AFL for clubs' 'ridiculous' splurges on football departments

Leigh Matthews

Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions legend believes the ''penny is dropping'' within club land.

AFL

Lethal's plan to combat congestion

All ears: When Leigh Matthews talks, coaches listen. Cats coach Chris Scott with Matthews last year.

Jon Pierik Leigh Matthews has an idea for dealing with the issue of congestion in football.

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AFL

Carlton unlikely to change defensive game plan, says head of coaching Robert Wiley

Wiley competitor: Carlton's head of coaching, Robert Wiley, talks to players at training.

Jon Pierik Blues will hope for better disposal efficiency; 70 per cent last season meant they ranked 18th.

AFL

New role for Mark Neeld

Jon Pierik Mark Neeld is back in football although he is not returning to the coaches box.

Jake King free to make his own decisions: Tigers

Jake King.

Jon Pierik Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale has declared he would prefer Jake King does not mix with an outlaw bikie boss but admits it's a decision only King can make.