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 Brent Harvey's father will present his son with his North Melbourne guernsey for the night as the Kangaroos look to celebrate a 400th-match milestone - and slay a decade-long losing record.
Jon Pierik The AFL Coaches Association is working towards introducing a more defined deadline to help provide greater clarity for coaches coming out of contract.
Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements saga, has appealed his lifetime ban by the AFL anti-doping tribunal.
Jon Pierik St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt trained lightly on Saturday, with the Saints expecting him to have overcome a calf strain in time for Sunday's clash against Richmond where his sister will be honoured.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson says Jobe Watson could quit the sport and has even questioned whether he would launch legal action over the handling of the supplements saga.
Jon Pierik Carlton chiefs will quiz the AFL Commission over its long-term plans for the wealth tax when the two parties gather this month.
Jon Pierik The verbal hand grenade James Hird threw at the AFL had "probably" broken his non-disparagement clause but league bosses have opted to not take any action against the Essendon coach.
Jon Pierik The intrigue over the future of Carlton pair Lachie Henderson and Chris Yarran continues to grow.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Jarryd Roughead is "raring to play" against the Sydney Swans after returning following a cancer scare.
Jon Pierik Good Friday football could shape as another piece of a lucrative new television broadcast rights agreement, meaning its introduction may be delayed until 2017.
Jon Pierik James Hird returned to Essendon on Wednesday and took training for the first time since he was concussed but a final decision on whether he is in charge come game time won't be made until Thursday.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny James Hird's fear that Essendon is no longer among the most appealing of clubs to join has drawn a mixed response from player managers.
Jon Pierik A four-week experiment with Thursday-night football has been a resounding success, and is set to help the AFL secure a record broadcast rights agreement and even alleviate concerns raised by North...
Jon Pierik Melbourne mentor Paul Roos has bemoaned what he believes is a lack of respect shown to the sanctity of coaching contracts in the AFL.
Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs has had surgery on his left pectoral on Monday and will not play again this season.
Jon Pierik A leading international arbitrator says the Essendon 34 could "take heart" from a previous case heard by the man who will preside over their case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Jon Pierik Essendon coach James Hird has declared there are "ordinary individuals" working in the AFL industry and maintains the truth was never meant to emerge in the investigation into the club's...
Jon Pierik The AFL and the match review panel will meet on Monday in a bid to clarify the tackling guidelines which have left many in the football world confused.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne playmaker Brent Harvey says he has heeded the message from coach Brad Scott after his "half punishment" and demotion to the role of substitute on Saturday night.
Jon Pierik Stung by a terrible loss last weekend, Essendon coach James Hird says a forthright meeting with his players went some way to clearing the air but importantly allowed them to re-commit to the task of...