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.

Bulldog Michael Talia set for a healthy pay day

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.

More than the 'Mick factor' in play for match against the Pies, say Blues

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse talks to Chris Judd at training on Monday.

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.

Damien Hardwick under pressure as Tigers tumble

Damien Hardwick speaks to his players during a break in the game against Melbourne on Friday.

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.

Tom Hawkins to return against Kangaroos

Jon Pierik Geelong star Tom Hawkins has returned to training and will line up against North Melbourne on Sunday.

Western Bulldog Will Minson needs more bite to reclaim spot

Uncertain future: Will Minson.

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.

Wayne Carey questions whether Travis Cloke is 'overrated'


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...

Where's the respect? My wife has been in tears over scrutiny: Malthouse

Carlton coach Michael Malthouse

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...

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Travis Cloke turns to sports psychologist for goal-kicking help


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.

Magpie Ben Reid set to miss first half of season

Collingwood's Ben Reid is being treated for a quad injury.

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.

Should Carlton rebuild or renovate like North Melbourne?

Carlton recruiting boss Steve Silvagni has a big task ahead of him.

Jon Pierik As Carlton acknowledges it must rebuild, what can it learn from how North Melbourne moved up the ladder?

Deadline for Bombers in Hal Hunter case

Hal Hunter in action for Essendon in the VFL.

Jon Pierik Essendon have engaged a leading occupational health and safety law firm in their case against disgruntled former player, Hal Hunter.

Western Bulldogs' Dale Morris to miss up to two months

Dale Morris is facing en extended stint on the sidelines.

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.

Stephen Dank got ahead of himself, says Mark Thompson

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".

Stephen Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

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.

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Kangaroos ready to turn on the Power


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.

Mick Malthouse: My focus is still on Carlton winning matches

Carlton Coach Mick Malthouse

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...

Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

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...

Nick Dal Santo weighing up surgery on his injured hamstring

Nick Dal Santo comes off with a hamstring injury during the match against the Brisbane Lions.

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.

Western Bulldogs defy critics with shrewd recruiting

Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs high-fives fans after the win over Richmond.

Jon Pierik When president Peter Gordon took to the stage at the Bulldogs' season launch, his message was clear.

Steven Motlop vows to redeem himself after club-imposed ban


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...