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.

Will Minson has learnt his lesson as Western Bulldogs flag a rule change

Jon Pierik While the AFL says it has no issue with the handling of the Will Minson case, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge believes it may be time for the rules involving players touching an umpire be revised.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan rejects anti-tampering rule

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was infuriated this week by more questions about defender Alex Rance's future.

Jon Pierik The public speculation over the future of out-of-contract players will continue, with AFL chief Gillon McLachlan ruling out introducing an anti-tampering rule through the season proper.

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AFL: Western Bulldogs to emerge stronger from Griffen saga: club chief

Ryan Griffen is preparing to face his old team.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon insists he holds no grudge against former captain Ryan Griffen and believes his club will emerge stronger from a harrowing end to the 2014 campaign.

Racism in the AFL: improvements, but work still to be done

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue treading...

Lucrative media career could await Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While his coaching career now appears over with a record 718 matches to his credit, Mick Malthouse will enjoy a lucrative career in the media – should he choose to head down that path.

Carlton caretaker coach John Barker a tale of perseverance

John Barker with Mick Malthouse and high-performance manager David Buttifant.

Jon Pierik John Barker knows all about perseverance – first as a player during his time with Fitzroy, the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn.

Geelong Cats great says teammates need to help Joel Selwood

Ed Curnow of the Blues and Joel Selwood of the Cats wrestle for the ball during the round eight match on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Geelong Brownlow medallist Paul Couch has warned Joel Selwood he is likely to "cop" a hard tag most weeks and has urged the captain's teammates to provide greater assistance.

Hawks sharpshooting themselves in the foot

Jon Pierik Hawthorn will hope sharpshooters Luke Breust and Jack Gunston can regain their groove as the Hawks seek answers for an indifferent start to the season.

Mick Malthouse to remain in charge, insists manager

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse's manager expects the AFL's most capped coach to remain in charge of Carlton next weekend and will not approach the club to bring forward contract discussions.

Rebuilding talk may be affecting Blues, says Marc Murphy

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Jon Pierik Carlton captain Marc Murphy admits the declaration of a rebuild may have impacted on players "sub-consciously", as the Blues admitted they had been guilty of "pathetic" on-field performances this...

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'Compelling' reason needed to quit WADA, says top Hawk

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says there would need to be a "compelling reason" for the AFL to consider breaking away from the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

Alastair Clarkson urges Hawks to get physical in grand final rematch

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson wants a tough game against Sydney.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has urged his team to be "really physical" early in the grand final rematch against Sydney, as the Swans prepare for retribution.

Sydney Swans Lance Franklin to show Grant Birchall he is no buddy

Buddy Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn is bracing for Lance Franklin to physically target former premiership teammates for stinging comments made in last year's grand final.

Former Richmond forward Jake King to fight injury compensation decision

Jon Pierik Former Richmond forward Jake King wants to take his case for compensation for a career-ending injury to the AFL grievance tribunal, after he lost his initial battle at arbitration.

Patrick Dangerfield 'confident' Rory Sloane will remain an Adelaide Crow


Jon Pierik Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane remain two of the biggest names off contract this season, but there is growing speculation at least one will remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Collingwood must prepare for the burst, says coach Nathan Buckley


Jon Pierik As Scott Pendlebury prepares for his 200th match, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has urged his men to show greater nous when attempting to stop an opposition scoring burst.

Time for Blues' players to take the heat: Justin Madden

Before the fall: Dale Thomas and Marc Murphy head out for the warm-up before the match against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Carlton premiership star Justin Madden has declared the spotlight should be on the players and not coach Mick Malthouse for a run of stinging defeats, while Channel Seven has brushed aside fears...

What's Jack Watts worth if the Demons decide to trade him?

Jack Watts played in the VFL on the weekend.

Jon Pierik Former list manager Chris Pelchen believes Melbourne will consider trading Jack Watts this year and says he would be worth a second-round pick in a national draft not expected to have great depth.

It's 'very important' that Tigers make finals, says Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin:

Jon Pierik As Richmond takes aim at kick-starting a slumping season against Collingwood, robust midfielder Dustin Martin has declared it's "very important" the Tigers make the finals this season.

ASADA ruling was iron-clad, insists Essendon coach James Hird

James Hird says the Bombers will respect the appeal process but maintains the players are

Jon Pierik Defiant Essendon coach James Hird insists the AFL anti-doping tribunal provided an "absolutely iron clad" decision that his players were not given a banned drug, and fears their careers are now...