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.

Brent Harvey's milestone match to be a family affair

Kangaroo Brent Harvey is about to join the 400 club.

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.

Review to consider deadline for off-contract AFL coaches

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.

Stephen Dank to appeal AFL lifetime ban

Banned for life: Stephen Dank.

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.

Saints confident Nick Riewoldt will face Tigers

Nick Riewoldt has encouraged fans to wear his late sister Maddie's favourite colour, purple, on Sunday.

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.

Jobe Watson could quit Essendon, says former Bombers coach

At a low ebb: Jobe Watson after the recent 110-point thrashing by St Kilda.

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.

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Blues' chiefs to tackle wealth tax

Seeking clarity: Carlton president Mark LoGiudice.

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.

James Hird 'probably' broke non-disparagement clause, says AFL boss Gillon McLachlan

Not buying in: Gillon McLachlan.

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.

Carlton insist Lachie Henderson, Chris Yarran will find form

Chris Yarran has endured a rugged season.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over the future of Carlton pair Lachie Henderson and Chris Yarran continues to grow.

Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead 'raring' to go against Sydney Swans

Jarryd Roughead

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Jarryd Roughead is "raring to play" against the Sydney Swans after returning following a cancer scare.

Good Friday football may be on pause to sweeten broadcast rights deal

AFL Sherrin

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.

James Hird back at training but match day still up in the air

A decision on whether James Hird coaching against North Melbourne will be made on Thursday.

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.

Rebuilding Bombers still have some shine

The news is not all bad for Essendon despite James Hird's fears.

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.

Thursday nights give AFL something to screen about

Port Adelaide and Collingwood players pay tribute to the late Phil Walsh after the last of the Thursday night games for season 2015.

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...

Coaches' contracts too easily broken, laments Paul Roos

Paul Roos says something needs to be done to discourage harsh axings.

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.

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs out for season

Bryce Gibbs won't play again.

Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs has had surgery on his left pectoral on Monday and will not play again this season.

Essendon 34 can 'take heart' from a Chinese anti-doping case, says international arbitrator

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell.

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.

James Hird claims truth in anti-doping case was never meant to emerge

Essendon coach James Hird has lashed out at the AFL.

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...

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AFL and match review panel to review tackling guidelines

Joel Selwood applies his controversial

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.

North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey heeds lesson of his 'half punishment'

Brent Harvey looks on from the bench.

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.

Honesty session helps Bombers regain their fight

Victorious: Essendon players in the rooms after their narrow win over Melbourne on Saturday.

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...