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.

Carlton doctor to help test experimental knee treatment

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.

'I'd love to go again,' declares veteran Hawk Brian Lake

The Hawks' Brian Lake.

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.

Sam Mitchell escapes sanction for 'injection' taunt

Sam Mitchell

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.

Stephen Dank should 'butt out', declares Galbally

David Galbally:

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".

Blues set to have new database ready for national draft

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.

Swiss court could 'strike down' appeal against Essendon 34

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...

Jason Cripps just happy to be 'alive and breathing'

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.

Wobbly Bombers steeled for contest against their fiercest rival

 Bombers coach James Hird.

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.

Alastair Clarkson: Hawks at their best when playing 'close to the line'

Hawk Sam Mitchell in action.

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".

AFL players union warns against sling tackles

Headed for trouble: Carlton's Bryce Gibbs was banned for this tackle on Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray.

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.

Thursday-night football a turn-on for AFL, Channel Seven ratings reveal

Popular viewing: The Crows, Hawks game attracted a big audience.

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...

Nathan Buckley urges Collingwood to be 'bold and aggressive'

Bold and aggressive: Nathan Buckley says the Pies

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...

Blues vow to stick to search process for new coach

Dylan Buckley says the transition from Mick Malthouse to John Barker has been

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.

Suspended Magpies pair 'anxious' over drugs hearing

Collingwood's Josh Thomas.

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...

Angry Hawthorn threaten to ditch AFL revenue share scheme

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

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.

ASADA manager admits to error in estimates hearing

Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority operations manager Trevor Burgess has admitted to making an error before the Senate Estimates hearing.

Essendon chiefs open their doors – and ears – to past players

Kevin Sheedy will talk to past Essendon players.

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.

Geelong defender Jed Bews set for contract extension

Contract extension: Young Cat Jed Bews has impressed in 2015.

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.

AFL: Bombers set to reward consistent defender Mark Baguley

Mark Baguley is set to be rewarded for hard work

Jon Pierik Essendon is on the verge of rewarding one of its most consistent players of recent seasons with a contract extension.

AFL: Richmond's time to show they belong among league's best

Brett Deledio and Jack Riewoldt get around Brandon Ellis after he kicks a goal.

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...