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 club spying game threatens gentleman's agreement

Jon Pierik Football's spy game has caused a great divide, with bickering clubs on the verge of terminating a gentleman's agreement designed to prevent spying. ensure fairness among all parties.

Matthew Pavlich appointed new AFLPA president


Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has been elected the new president of the AFL Players Association, replacing the retired Luke Ball.

AFLPA seeks answers over Ryan Crowley delay

Ryan Crowley was informed of his positive B sample and handed a show-cause notice on September 18, and accepted a provisional suspension on September 25.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association was seeking answers from the AFL over the handling of the Ryan Crowley drugs charge, as the league came under fire for its delay in holding an anti-doping hearing.

Ryan Crowley's ban sparks debate over use of painkillers

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Jon Pierik Ryan Crowley's provisional suspension for taking a banned substance has raised debate over the type of painkillers players should be allowed to take.

Fremantle Dockers' Ryan Crowley tests positive to banned substance

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has been issued with a show cause notice and has voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.

Carlton's Lachie Henderson happy to delay contract discussions

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Jon Pierik Carlton forward Lachie Henderson is focused on playing ''good consistent'' football before opening serious contract negotiations with the Blues.

AFL players, league agree on supplements app

Jon Pierik The AFL has agreed for its players to log weekly on a mobile phone application the supplements they are given by their club.

Geelong's Jimmy Bartel happy to wait on contract discussions

Waiting game: Jimmy Bartel.

Jon Pierik Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel, who is off contract this season, is in no hurry to open contract negotiations with the Cats.

Nathan Buckley aware coaching is a 'results' business, says Nick Maxwell

Nathan Buckley (left) will make tough calls, says Nick Maxwell (right).

Jon Pierik Former Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell says Nathan Buckley is well aware coaching is a "results" business but does not believe the Magpies need to make the finals this season to keep...

Geelong star Steve Johnson hurt in VFL return

Jon Pierik Steve Johnson left Simonds Stadium on crutches on Saturday but the Cats insist he only corked a calf in his return to action via the VFL.

Little thinking about succession planning, suggests top Bulldog


Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has suggested Essendon counterpart Paul Little has an eye on succession planning after announcing two new board directors.

Essendon anti-doping call could take longer than expected

Essendon have been forced to field replacement players during the NAB Challenge.

Jon Pierik After his cobbled-together side was beaten by St Kilda on Saturday, James Hird was asked whether the AFL had been over officious in banning six players from match simulation on Friday.

Stevie J to miss another week but captain Joel Selwood returns for Cats

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Jon Pierik Geelong is confident Steve Johnson will have enough time to be match fit for the season-opening blockbuster against Hawthorn despite ruling the mercurial forward out of this week's NAB Challenge...

AFL coaches split over substitute rule


Jon Pierik AFL coaches are split over the future of the substitute rule, and will leave it to the AFL to determine whether it remains once the season is done.

Melbourne great Brian Dixon wants AFL to focus on South Africa

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Jon Pierik Former Victorian sports minister, and Melbourne great, Brian Dixon has approached the AFL in a bid to intensify the league's international aspirations.

Time for the AFL to reconsider its international plans

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Jon Pierik The AFL is a leader in many aspects of professional Australian sport, whether it be in off-field issues, or simply in stability at club level.

Cats chief calls for overhaul of AFL's international agenda

Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter has called for an overhaul of the AFL's international agenda, declaring it's time the league assiduously worked to expand a code which has only a stronghold on "a few...

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse expected to be back this week

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse is expected to return to work this week and take charge of the Blues when they face Collingwood in the second round of the NAB Challenge.

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Hawks fear tax will mean clubs only 'break even'

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has renewed his push to abolish the revenue-sharing tax, fearing it will reduce all clubs into a "break-even" position.

Kangaroos approach Glenn Archer to join board

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Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is weighing up whether to join the Kangaroos' board.