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.

Former Richmond forward Jake King to fight injury compensation decision

Jon Pierik Former Richmond forward Jake King wants to take his case for compensation for a career-ending injury to the AFL grievance tribunal, after he lost his initial battle at arbitration.

Patrick Dangerfield 'confident' Rory Sloane will remain an Adelaide Crow


Jon Pierik Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane remain two of the biggest names off contract this season, but there is growing speculation at least one will remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Collingwood must prepare for the burst, says coach Nathan Buckley


Jon Pierik As Scott Pendlebury prepares for his 200th match, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has urged his men to show greater nous when attempting to stop an opposition scoring burst.

Time for Blues' players to take the heat: Justin Madden

Before the fall: Dale Thomas and Marc Murphy head out for the warm-up before the match against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Carlton premiership star Justin Madden has declared the spotlight should be on the players and not coach Mick Malthouse for a run of stinging defeats, while Channel Seven has brushed aside fears...

What's Jack Watts worth if the Demons decide to trade him?

Jack Watts played in the VFL on the weekend.

Jon Pierik Former list manager Chris Pelchen believes Melbourne will consider trading Jack Watts this year and says he would be worth a second-round pick in a national draft not expected to have great depth.

It's 'very important' that Tigers make finals, says Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin:

Jon Pierik As Richmond takes aim at kick-starting a slumping season against Collingwood, robust midfielder Dustin Martin has declared it's "very important" the Tigers make the finals this season.

ASADA ruling was iron-clad, insists Essendon coach James Hird

James Hird says the Bombers will respect the appeal process but maintains the players are

Jon Pierik Defiant Essendon coach James Hird insists the AFL anti-doping tribunal provided an "absolutely iron clad" decision that his players were not given a banned drug, and fears their careers are now...

Fixture rethink has merit, says Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson believes a rethink of the AFL fixture is worthwhile.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has backed a proposal for all teams to play each other once in the opening 17 rounds of the AFL season, declaring it would give all clubs the chance to assess where...

Hawks intent on stabilising a 'yo-yo' season

 The Hawks look dejected as they leave the ground after the loss to Greater Western Giants, but coach Alastair Clarkson is adamant they are not easy targets.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has brushed aside provocative comments from Melbourne forward Chris Dawes, declaring the Hawks are only intent on short-circuiting what has been a "yo-yo" season.

WADA appeal against Essendon a 'witch hunt', claims lawyer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Coach James Hird is seen during an Essendon recovery session at St Kilda Sea Baths on May 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** James Hird

Jon Pierik A former legal adviser to the AFL Players Association has accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of orchestrating a 'witch hunt' against the 'Essendon 34' and has questioned why the AFL should remain...

Kangaroos satisfied with Brad Scott's explanation

Allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard: Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne is said to be satisfied and comfortable with Brad Scott's version of events, as it emerged he was facing allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard at Blundstone Arena during...

CAS appeal not a certain win for WADA

Australian weightlifter Aleksan Karapetyn was suspended for two years for taking benzylpiperazine in 2005 in the US.

Jon Pierik Before the 34 former and current Essendon players and Bombers supporters get too worried, it should be remembered a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

WADA appeal: The arbitrators who could rule on Essendon


Jon Pierik According to the Court of Arbitration for Sport database, Australia has 19 arbitrators who could fill the three positions available to hear the World Anti-Doping Authority's case appeal against the...

'Essendon 34' free to play as WADA launches appeal

Tom Bellchambers (right) sings the song with Brent Stanton and coach James Hird after the win over Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik Essendon players are free to keep playing while the World Anti-Doping Agency launches its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

WADA to appeal Essendon supplements verdict

Director General of WADA, David Howman.

Marissa Calligeros, Samantha Lane and Jon Pierik WADA has decided to appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's not guilty verdict on 34 current and former Essendon players.

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A case of deja Blues?

Dennis  Pagan and Bryce Gibbs in 2007.

Jesse Hogan and Jon Pierik Dual premiership coach Denis Pagan believes Carlton's treatment of Mick Malthouse shows they have not learnt anything about solidarity since they sacked him as their coach almost eight years ago.

Collingwood youngster Nathan Freeman to undergo hamstring surgery

Nathan Freeman (right) is set to undergo surgery.

Jon Pierik Collingwood has been dealt a blow, with prized draftee Nathan Freeman set to undergo exploratory surgery on his hamstring on Tuesday.

Police investigate North Melbourne coach Brad Scott's alleged incident with security guard

Alleged incident with security guard: Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik Tasmanian police are investigating after North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was allegedly involved in an incident involving a security guard at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Saturday.

The Blue view: the case for and against Mick Malthouse


Jon Pierik  Mick Malthouse's manager Peter Sidwell says the future of the three-time premiership coach is in the hands of the Blues' board of directors.

Suns confident of retaining Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon has played 52 matches in four years, with some questioning his willingness to embrace the professional attitude required to enjoy consistency at the top level.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns have opened contract negotiations with Charlie Dixon, and remain confident the forward-ruckman will remain at the club.