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 While his brother Daniel is already an All Australian with the Adelaide Crows, Western Bulldog Michael Talia is playing himself into a healthy new contract.
Jon Pierik While this week will be a celebration of coach Mick Malthouse's career, Carlton knows they have more than one incentive to defeat arch-rival Collingwood on Friday night.
Jon Pierik Richmond faces a potentially rugged run into the mid-season break, adding pressure on coach Damien Hardwick after a poor start to the season.
Jon Pierik Geelong star Tom Hawkins has returned to training and will line up against North Melbourne on Sunday.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs veteran Will Minson faces an uncertain future at the club, with the emerging Ayce Cordy given the chance to "own" the frontline ruck position.
Jon Pierik Emerging midfielder Taylor Adams says the Magpies need to continue to ease the pressure on Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan, while AFL great Wayne Carey has questioned whether Travis Cloke is...
Jon Pierik Winless after three matches this season and facing a fight to retain his job, Mick Malthouse has revealed wife Nanette has been in tears three times in the past week and "can't cope anymore" as the...
Jon Pierik Leigh Matthews says it's more mental than technical. Wayne Carey has called it the yips. Others have questioned the high ball drop.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Ben Reid is unlikely to return until the second half of the season, with the key position utility again battling a quad injury.
Jon Pierik As Carlton acknowledges it must rebuild, what can it learn from how North Melbourne moved up the ladder?
Jon Pierik Essendon have engaged a leading occupational health and safety law firm in their case against disgruntled former player, Hal Hunter.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Veteran Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris will miss up to two months after having surgery on a torn pectoral muscle on Monday.
Jon Pierik As the football world awaits the next key move in the supplements saga, former Essendon coach Mark Thompson says biochemist Stephen Dank "probably got ahead of himself" and left the club in "chaos".
Jon Pierik, Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty on several charges, however he has been cleared on three charges relating to banned substance Thymosin Beta 4.
Jon Pierik The Power may have yet to open their account for the season, but that hasn't changed what North Melbourne coach Brad Scott thinks of his next opponent.
Jon Pierik While Carlton has confirmed the inevitable and admitted they are rebuilding, coach Mick Malthouse has declared his priority remains on winning matches, with the recruiting department focusing on the...
Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the architect of the Essendon supplements program, says the missing paperwork central to identifying what peptides had been administered to players was left with the Bombers but may now...
Jon Pierik North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo is considering having surgery on his injured hamstring, a move which could mean he would be sidelined for about three months.
Jon Pierik When president Peter Gordon took to the stage at the Bulldogs' season launch, his message was clear.
Jon Pierik Stung Geelong midfielder Steven Motlop says he is "very disappointed and extremely sad" by his actions but is ready to regain the respect of his teammates if chosen to face the Gold Coast Suns on...