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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood may have overhauled its fitness and medical programs after a plethora of injuries last year but the Magpies again find themselves dealing with an early casualty ward.
Jon Pierik Future Essendon captain Dyson Heppell says the culture of the club, and an ambition for sustained success, were the key reasons for signing a lucrative five-year deal.
Jon Pierik While the Demons may be in fine fiddle completing their running drills over the pre-season, veteran midfielder Bernie Vince knows it will count for little unless he and his teammates can transfer...
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood has sent Ben Reid to Germany in a bid to solve his soft-tissue problems.
Jon Pierik Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince has resumed full training for the first time since shoulder surgery, as the Demons prepare to ramp up preparations for the new season.
Jon Pierik A decision to subpoena Stephen Dank's private companies has sparked suggestions the anti-doping body may also be on the hunt for athletes who have bought products from the architect of the Essendon...
Jon Pierik Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has declared his lawyers are ready to prosecute their case against Essendon, regardless of whether his two key witnesses appear before the AFL Tribunal.
Jon Pierik Amid the latest legal stoush, the Essendon players caught up in the supplements drama have reiterated they want the AFL anti-doping tribunal to begin as slated.
Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal, will attempt to end the debate over his controversial injecting program when he fronts the AFL anti-doping tribunal.
Jon Pierik The key witness in the anti-doping case against Essendon claims he has been bashed and received death threats, and has urged authorities to subpoena Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the...
Jon Pierik The case against 34 current and former Essendon players faces a critical juncture on Wednesday when lawyers for the nation's anti-doping governing body seek to compel their two star witnesses to give...
Jon Pierik While tweeting teammate Blaine Boekhorst has already made an impression on Carlton, fellow draftee Clem Smith hopes to soon do so - and it won't be via social media.
Jon Pierik Where are we at in the anti-doping case that ASADA has brought against 34 current and former Essendon players?
Jon Pierik The anti-doping case against 34 former and current Essendon players is under enormous pressure, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority set to head to the Supreme Court in a bid to have...
Jon Pierik Carlton draftee Blaine Boekhorst hasn't had to wait long to be given a nickname that is likely to stick for some time.
Jon Pierik While the football year may be winding down, but when it comes to club finances and player earnings, there's rarely a dull moment.
Jon Pierik The Pratt family and their packaging and recycling businesses continue to play a key role in Carlton's financial fortunes, contributing almost $1.3 million to the Blues' bottom line last season.
Jon Pierik Club chiefs are set to make it clear they are finding it increasingly difficult to break even - let alone make a profit - when they meet with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan on Wednesday.
Jon Pierik Bruising Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has declared boom youngster Jesse Hogan all but a certain starter in round one but has urged supporters to temper their expectations.
Jon Pierik AFL great Wayne Carey says forwards - and not just defenders - should be under scrutiny after the AFL revealed it was considering a crackdown on illegal blocks and screens in marking contests.