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.

Unprofitable clubs get millions in aid from AFL

John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The financial health of the 18 AFL clubs has been laid bare, with only six making profits without substantial help from the league's governing body, an analysis of the competition's finances shows.

AFL clubs fear a costly 'contest' in match-day experience

Fans enjoy the atmosphere during a game between Port Adelaide and Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval last season.

Jon Pierik The AFL will monitor the upgraded match-day experiences of all clubs, in a bid to ease fears an "arms race" could eventuate.

New-look Bulldogs ready to be unleashed in Richmond clash


Jon Pierik The new-look Western Bulldogs will go on show for the first time in Saturday's NAB Challenge opener against Richmond, with players young and old revitalised by rookie coach Luke Beveridge.

Essendon supplements saga: James Hird decides against High Court appeal


Jon Pierik While he is still angered by the justice shown to him and his club, James Hird has opted to concentrate on coaching and developing his players after opting to not take his legal fight against the...

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Essendon supplements hearing: ASADA would appeal penalties 'in a heartbeat', says ex-chief

Former Australian anti-doping chief Richard Ings enters the debate.

Jon Pierik Former Australian anti-doping chief Richard Ings says ASADA would appeal in a "heartbeat" should Essendon players be found guilty of taking a banned substance and not receive an appropriate...

AFL clubs upset over pre-season broadcast decision

Jon Pierik Clubs are disappointed that six matches through the NAB Challenge will not be broadcast, but the AFL has defended this decision.

ASADA warns it could appeal Essendon case

McDevitt was questioned why it had taken more than two years to get to this stage.

Jon Pierik Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has suggested Essendon and coach James Hird are to blame for the delays in securing a resolution for the supplements saga and has warned he is likely to...

Player agent Jim Marinis wins opening court battle against AFLPA

Marinis believes the association did not properly review his test with him - a point the association has denied.

Jon Pierik The player agent of a Collingwood star has won the opening round of a court battle against the AFL Players Association.

Gold Coast Suns players deny any involvement in drugs scandal

Jon Pierik Gold Coast Suns players maintain they are not implicated in the cocaine sting that has engulfed south-east Queensland.

Leigh Matthews says 'look' of AFL has changed for the worse

Leigh Matthews

Jon Pierik AFL Hall of Fame legend Leigh Matthews says the look of the game has changed for the worse in the past five years but any suggestion to try and rectify this through a cut in interchange numbers must...

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Nine AFL clubs cleared but WorkCover probe into Essendon, AFL continues

The probe into Essendon continues.

Jon Pierik Nine Victorian AFL clubs have been cleared of alleged breaches of occupational health and safety but the Victorian WorkCover Authority's probe into Essendon and the AFL continues.

GWS given extra $3.25 million by AFL

GWS Giants chairman Tony Shepherd with coach Leon Cameron.

John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The AFL's expansion into Sydney's rugby league and soccer heartland has hit a financial bump, with the league forced to tip in an extra $3.25 million into the Greater Western Sydney Giants last year.

AFL umpires to crack down on holding the ball and blocking marks

Mark Evans said umpires had been too lenient early last year.

Jon Pierik Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.

Gold Coast Suns will question players over Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson The Queensland Rugby Union has made it clear code-hopper Karmichael Hunt was still a contracted AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns when he was under investigation for allegedly supplying cocaine.

AFL keen to stage International Rules clash in New York

Brodie Smith of Australia gathers the ball during the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium in November last year.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson The AFL is working to honour its commitment to the game's stars by staging an International Rules trial game in New York later this year.

Karmichael Hunt's arrest sparks debate over a national sports integrity unit

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik, Heath Aston and Adrian Proszenko A cocaine bust involving Karmichael Hunt has raised questions about the need for a national sports-specific integrity unit, as the AFL and Gold Coast Suns maintain a close eye on events in south-east...

Paddy McCartin impresses in first hit-out for Saints

Paddy McCartin kicks as Dylan Roberton attepts to smother during a St Kilda intra-club match on Saturday.

Jon Pierik It looms as another tough year for St Kilda but supporters should be able to take plenty of solace in the development of young forward Paddy McCartin.

Crime body no longer probing drug links in sport

Karmichael Hunt during his time with the Gold Coast Suns.

Jon Pierik The Australian Crime Commission has ceased conducting investigations into the links between illicit drugs and professional athletes, despite warning it was an "ongoing issue" two years ago.

Western Bulldogs president Gordon delivers warning as AFL wages war brews

Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik As the AFL Players Association and AFL appear on a collision course in the next round of wage discussions, Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon fears for the game's future if significant...

Academies must benefit all clubs, say Bulldogs

'I support the notion of academies, whether it is Sydney's, GWS's, or the ones in Western Australia:' Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has backed the AFL's ratings plan for father-son and academy players, but declared academies must benefit the sport as a whole.