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.
John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The AFL is set to award a player GPS tracking and data services contract to Champion Data, a company the league owns 49 per cent of, despite all 18 clubs currently holding contracts with a rival...
Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares to farewell one senior servant, another may have to settle for a one-year contract extension to continue his career next season.
Jon Pierik Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says on-field leadership and trust remains a work in progress, and is a key area the Magpies will look to improve in order to return to the finals next season.
Jon Pierik They may not yet have a new coach but Essendon has made an important recontracting decision, resigning Tom Bellchambers to a two-year contract.
Jon Pierik Having starred in his first match in almost four years, Geelong forward Daniel Menzel says his next major challenge is to train - pain free - through the pre-season.
Jon Pierik The late withdrawal of Collingwood powerhouse Travis Cloke, and a fairytale four goals and a late mark-of-the-year entry from Geelong's comeback kid Daniel Menzel, would have suggested the football...
Jon Pierik and Brad Elborough The Brownlow Medal hopes of Fremantle star Nat Fyfe have taken a hit after he was ruled out of the final fortnight of home-and-away matches because of a leg injury and faces a fight to be fit for the...
Jon Pierik As he spends his final day or so at Hawthorn, Brendon Bolton will begin assembling just who he wants as his fitness chief and assistant coaches at Carlton next year.
Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney have dominated the selections in a preliminary squad of the best AFL players aged 22 and under, but they could yet lose another of their promising talents.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne president Paul Gardner has questioned whether the players are listening to coach Paul Roos and says the club's aim for seven wins this season was a "modest" objective.
Jon Pierik New Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has opted against signing a traditional set-term contract and has been put "on staff".
Jon Pierik Melbourne president Glen Bartlett has questioned the attitude of his players in a roller-coaster season which has been "really frustrating" but insists the club is on the right path towards playing...
Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Jeremy Howe will begin assessing in a fortnight whether he wants to remain at the club next season, while the Demons are confident of retaining Colin Garland.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead says the Hawks would have no fear beginning a finals campaign in Perth, as the Hawks went into damage control over Luke Hodge's head-high bump on Chad Wingard which...
Jon Pierik The mother of former Carlton player Lachie Henderson has lashed the Blues and AFL chief Gillon McLachlan in the wake of her son not being allowed to play out the season.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn's hopes of a top-two finish. and the resultant benefits of this through the finals, have been dealt a crippling blow, and could be compounded by a controversial third-term incident involving...
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded the Magpies will have failed to meet on-field expectations if, as expected, they do not make the finals.
Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has laid bare the impact of the supplements saga, declaring anyone who had been involved in the case would never be the same.
Jon Pierik Essendon chairman and Business Review Weekly rich-lister Paul Little has revealed he will step down once the club is free of the ongoing supplements saga.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Essendon and senior coach James Hird have parted ways after his failure to arrest the Bombers' alarming slide down the AFL ladder.