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.

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Geelong interested if Cameron Ling wants to join coaching ranks

Geelong logo.

Jon Pierik Geelong is likely to join the hunt for Cameron Ling's services should their triple premiership star decide he wants to become an assistant coach next season.

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Ling close to deciding whether to coach in 2015

Cameron Ling

Jon Pierik He wasn't ready last year but Cameron Ling is close to deciding whether he will be an assistant coach next season, with Melbourne an obvious suitor should he take the plunge.

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Bombers seek special exemption on players' legal fees

essendon logo

Jon Pierik The AFL would not comment on Friday night over speculation Essendon had again sought a special exemption for the legal fees of players involved in the supplements scandal to be exempt from the salary...

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AFL needs to resolve fixture issues, says Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire sounded like he was reading slabs of text off the page.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says this season's fixture and match time slots have not generated enough support.

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Hawks hope to silence the 'Portress'

Home-ground advantage: Port’s crowd has been another weapon for the AFL’s top team this season.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus will be on subduing Port Adelaide's players in Saturday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Hawks know by doing that will also silence another Power...

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Richmond's plan to play like Hawks hasn't worked, admits Jack Riewoldt

'Unfortunately we went one way with our game, and the game went the other way.'

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for answers for their early season demise, Jack Riewoldt has offered a major one.

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Eddie McGuire: Swans given a fair go

'The sooner we get all these things out of the way the better.'

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the cost-of-living allowance remains 'ridiculous'.

Hawthorn to welcome back three premiership stars

Luke Hodge is over his hamstring injury.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's injury list is set for a crucial cull, with two, and possibly three, premiership stars to return for Saturday night's clash against a surging Port Adelaide.

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Blues hope for resolution in White investigation

Carlton defender Simon White.

Jon Pierik Carlton hopes there will be resolution on a police investigation into defender Simon White later this week.

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Dockers' runner escapes punishment for 'bad day'

Fremantle Dockers

Jon Pierik Fremantle runner Shaun Tinsley has escaped censure, with the AFL attributing his disruptive positioning in Saturday night's clash against Geelong to simply having a 'bad day'.

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Shaun Higgins opens contract talks with Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins is likely to want a two or three-year contract extension.

Jon Pierik Shaun Higgins has opened informal contract discussions with the Western Bulldogs, with the clever utility enjoying a strong season and banishing the frustration of an injury-hit 2013.

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Off-contract Nat Fyfe open to leaving Dockers

Nat Fyfe

Jon Pierik Dubbed the man most likely to be the AFL’s best midfielder of the next decade, Fremantle star Nat Fyfe is enjoying playing ‘‘under the pump’’ this season as he pursues a...

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Warwick Capper's life with bad-news Bears

Warwick Capper in 1990.

Jon Pierik It's a laugh a minute when Warwick Capper recalls his three tumultuous years as a Brisbane Bear but it's clear there are also pangs of regret for the one-time glamour full-forward.

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No grudge against Sydney Swan 'Buddy' Franklin, says Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead

Jarryd Roughead nsists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead says there is likely to be friendly banter with Lance Franklin this week but insists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

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Clarkson to treat Franklin as 'just another opponent'

Flying high: Hawthorn players celebrate after belting St Kilda by 145 points.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will treat Lance Franklin as "just another opponent" as the Hawks begin plotting the defeat of the Sydney Swans - and their former superstar Franklin - at ANZ Stadium...

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Board members need to be fans: Demetriou

Linda Dessau

Jon Pierik While AFL commissioner Linda Dessau believes club board members don't necessarily need to support that team, outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou isn't so sure.

Ryan Schoenmakers to add to Hawks' flexibility

Ryan Schoenmakers is chased by Matt De Boer of the Dockers during the round four match last season. Schoenmnakers has not played a senior game since.

Jon Pierik While the imminent blooding of a fifth debutant this season has Hawthorn hopeful of remaining an on-field power for some time, the return of Ryan Schoenmakers is likely to provide an immediate boost...

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10 burning questions for Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik From a night grand final to the fallout from Essendon: the key issues Gillon McLachlan must address.

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Gillon McLachlan to mend fractured relationship with James Hird

James Hird.

Jon Pierik Gillon McLachlan will attempt to repair the AFL's fractured relationship with James Hird when the suspended Essendon coach returns home.

New AFL chief McLachlan outlines his vision

Gillon McLachlan with Mike Fitzpatrick.

Jon Pierik New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he has a "clear vision" for the league's future, declaring improving the financial health of battling clubs, engaging with supporters and dealing with...