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 St Kilda great Nathan Burke has stepped down from the Saints' board, having accepted a role on the AFL's match review panel.
Jon Pierik The AFL has revamped its match review panel, with Collingwood premiership player Luke Ball and Hawthorn counterpart Brad Sewell among those to this year determine whether charges are laid for any...
Jon Pierik Former AFL star and NFL punter Ben Graham has joined the list of former professional sportsmen willing to have his brain tested as part of a study of long-term concussion issues.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned Essendon, Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs that any player issued with an infraction notice will lose any chance of a suspension "credit"...
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club has worked diligently to ensure Stewart Crameri's "emotional and physical well-being" has remained strong amid the stress of dealing with the...
Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney are confident star forward Jeremy Cameron will re-sign, and are also expected to get in early to extend the contract of skipper Callan Ward.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has brushed aside concerns about a drop in scoring across the league, reminding supporters that the game quickly evolves.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says it's time to revert to the original father-son system, that the plan to introduce a new bidding structure is almost discouraging what was one of the charms of the game.
Jon Pierik Patrick Cripps was delighted to be on the end of a handball for his first touch as a senior footballer last season, but it was his second that really stuck in the mind of the emerging Carlton...
Jon Pierik The four points may still be up for grabs but Carlton has had an early win over Richmond, revealing they will pocket the gate receipts from the season-opening blockbuster at the MCG.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has revealed the pain of finals defeats in 2011 and 2012 still lingers, driving the Hawks towards what the club hopes will be a historic "three-peat".
Jon Pierik Still considered the league's ultimate general, Luke Hodge admits there is no guarantee he will play on beyond this year, with his form in the back half of the season to shape his - and Hawthorn's -...
Jon Pierik Tired of troubles on and off the field, Melbourne has unveiled a three-year blueprint detailing how the Demons want to return to the finals next year and reconnect with their heartland.
Jon Pierik James Hird's legal fight is estimated to have cost him more than $1 million, as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority reaches a crucial juncture in its case against 34 Essendon players.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos has bemoaned that the Essendon supplements saga has become a "sad" and "accepted" part of the football landscape, as the start of the new season threatens to be...
Jon Pierik Melbourne captain Nathan Jones has declared it's time for the Demons to again become a "great club".
Jon Pierik James Hird, back at Essendon after a quick trip abroad, would need to find $100,000 just to launch a High Court appeal and must then be prepared to wait another year for a judgment.
Jon Pierik A detailed off-season kicking program has power forward Levi Casboult confident he will pose a greater threat inside attacking 50 for Carlton this season.
Jon Pierik Carlton believe Chris Judd's playing career could extend beyond this season if the champion midfielder has a "good year".
Jon Pierik It's been arguably the most emotional – and polarising – of issues in AFL history, and it will be two years on Thursday since the Essendon supplements scandal officially broke.