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 Carlton Football Club doctor Phil Bloom is involved in what is an experimental - but potentially revolutionary - treatment to ease the short and long term impact of bone bruising on AFL players.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn fullback Brian Lake says he is in the best shape he has been in for years and hopes to snag a contract extension.
Jon Pierik The AFL has warned players from all clubs that any repeat of the injection sledge Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell aimed at Essendon would fall under its vilification policy and could result in a sanction.
Jon Pierik The lawyer who represented former Essendon fitness boss Dean Robinson says Stephen Dank has "no idea" and has told the banned biochemist to "butt out".
Jon Pierik Carlton plans to have the sophisticated software needed to run its new list management database available in time for November's national draft.
Jon Pierik An international arbitration counsel has opened up the unlikely - but possible - scenario where a Swiss court could strike down any adverse finding against the 34 Essendon players on public policy...
Jon Pierik Former AFL player Jason Cripps says he is grateful to be "alive and breathing" after collapsing and almost dying while on a run.
Jon Pierik While Essendon has much to celebrate on Saturday at their Hall of Fame night, it's on the field - against their fiercest rival - where they hope to experience the most joy.
Jon Pierik Whether it is "unsociable" football or simply just being physical, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson wants his team to play "close to the line".
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has delivered a blunt warning to its constituents, saying they have a duty of care not to hurt an opponent when tackling.
Jon Pierik The strong broadcast ratings for last week's Thursday-night clash between Adelaide and Hawthorn, with three more matches to come, will increase the likelihood of the time slot being a key agenda item...
Jon Pierik Snubbing suggestions he wants his team to play entertaining football, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has reaffirmed the Magpies' commitment to a "bold and aggressive and dynamic" style as they...
Jon Pierik Carlton maintain they will follow the thorough process they have established in order to find their new coach - despite the momentum being built by caretaker John Barker.
Jon Pierik Facing possible two-year bans for taking a banned drug, Collingwood pair Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas are "anxious" to ascertain their fate but have been assured by the Magpies they won't be "kicked...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn has sensationally declared it will walk away from the AFL's chief equalisation measure if the northern-based clubs are allowed to exclusively access future draft picks this season.
Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority operations manager Trevor Burgess has admitted to making an error before the Senate Estimates hearing.
Jon Pierik Essendon will seek to bring disillusioned past players back into the fold by giving them the opportunity to meet with coaching great Kevin Sheedy and chief executive Xavier Campbell.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny While Geelong's long injury count has not been ideal, it has provided opportunity for those on the fringe to prosper.
Jon Pierik Essendon is on the verge of rewarding one of its most consistent players of recent seasons with a contract extension.
Jon Pierik Richmond's bid to prove they belong in any conversation involving the league's premier teams continues on Friday night when they confront a West Coast Eagles side boasting one of the most potent...