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.

Magpies on notice over Tyson Goldsack

Jon Pierik Collingwood continues to face a fight to retain Tyson Goldsack, with Port Adelaide honing in on the talented forward.

Kangaroos would welcome uncontracted Waite

Jarrad Waite v Lachie Hansen in round 18:

Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.

Alastair Clarkson says Hawks to play at full throttle against Magpies

Cool runnings: Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury takes a breather at training on Wednesday.

Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.

Documents back AFL push to use interim report

Essendon.

Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.

Dane Swan a victim of underworld 'game', says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Toby Mitchell and Dane Swan.

Jon Pierik He does not have any proof but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Dane Swan could have been an unwitting victim of a "game" prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell is playing.

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Collingwood's Luke Ball to have his future decided in 'cold, hard light of day'

In the balance: Luke Ball.

Jon Pierik While Luke Ball believes he has enough "competitive juice" to play on next season, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said a decision on the future of the veteran midfielder will be made in the "cold,...

Blues consider adopting heritage jumper permanently

Pride in the jumper: Carlton may revert to its traditional strip.

Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has been quick to act at his new club, adopting a "fan-friendly" philosophy and investigating whether this year's heritage guernsey should become the permanent...

Mediation talks between Robinson, Essendon delayed

Dean Robinson is suing the Bombers for $2 million for unfair dismissal.

Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.

3AW a footy ratings winner

3aw logo.

Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.

Channel Ten expresses interest in 10-year AFL broadcast deal

Channel 10

Jon Pierik Channel Ten has signalled its interest in bidding for the next AFL broadcast rights, even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement.

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Blues, Magpies could host Malthouse milestone match

Mick Malthouse: 709 games and counting.

Jon Pierik An already storied club rivalry could be set for another grand chapter with Collingwood firmly in the mix as Mick Malthouse's opponent when he breaks Jock McHale's record for most games as an VFL-AFL...

Consider Etihad Stadium for a Kangaroos final, says coach Brad Scott

Drew Petrie and Brad Scott after the round 22 win over the Crows on Saturday.

Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.

AFL approves stem-cell therapy treatment

Stem cell therapy.

Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.

Jason Akermanis welcomes country footy probe over cyber bullying claim

Jason Akermanis

Jon Pierik Jason Akermanis says he welcomes an official investigation after being at the centre of a complaint for breaching the AFL Victoria cyber safety policy.

ASADA deal with Essendon would be improper, claims lawyer

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to slap a life ban on sports scientist Stephen Dank, a lawyer who acted as an adviser to Essendon last year says any attempt by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency to broker...

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

Colin Carter:

Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.

Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

Saints flag 'significant changes' to list with several players under spotlight

Alan Richardson

Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.

Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse

Jeff Garlett.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.