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.

AFL

Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.

AFL

Edelsten claims he fears for his life if he doesn't pay Carlton Football Club $150,000

Geoffrey Edelsten.

Jon Pierik and Chris Vedelago Disgraced businessman Geoffrey Edelsten says he fears for his life from irate Carlton supporters if he does not complete a $150,000 payment he owes the AFL club.

AFL

Player congestion an issue even in 1987, reveals Ross Oakley

A multitude of players gather around the ball during a game between Carlton and Adelaide in 2012.

Jon Pierik For those who think the issue of rolling mauls and on-field congestion is something relatively new, or the result of modern trends in coaching, think again.

AFL

Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

AFL

Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

AFL

Harcourt's shock speech added to Hird's case

Centre of attention: Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon and James Hird have officially added shock comments made by chief AFL medical officer Peter Harcourt to their list of claims that they believe will strengthen their case that the joint probe...

AFL

Essendon players choose not to join Hird, club case against ASADA

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Adam Cooper, Jon Pierik The identities of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will not be revealed in the Federal Court after a lawyer representing the group said they would not be joined to proceedings.

AFL

AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik A lawyer who acted as a consultant to Essendon last season has claimed the fines and suspensions imposed on James Hird and the Bombers could be void because of comments made by the AFL's chief...

AFL

Essendon players determined to protect anonymity

Essendon.

Jon Pierik The 34 players issued with infraction notices concede they may have an active role to play in the Federal Court case, but want their anonymity retained.

AFL

ASADA declares: "We want the trial" in Essendon supplements scandal

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Jon Pierik Lawyers for James Hird and Essendon have called for key documents relating to why ASADA chief Ben McDevitt issued show-cause notices to be handed over, as a bold ASADA declared: "We want the trial.''

AFL

Cancer fears for Essendon players; tests will continue for many years

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt has revealed suspicions of Essendon's illegal use of peptides and supplements were so strong that players were tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

AFL

ASADA claims Hird alleges 'conspiracy'

Jon Pierik Lawyers for the anti-doping body contend that suspended Essendon coach James Hird had claimed there was a "conspiracy" against him.

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Waite given the all clear, but career in limbo

Jarrad Waite's three-year contract expires after this season.

Jon Pierik Dumped Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has escaped serious injury as he fights to revive his AFL career.

AFL

Suspending Majak Daw would have been unfair, says Galbally

Majak Daw

Jon Pierik, Steve Butcher and Cameron Houston North Melbourne forward Majak Daw is free to play this weekend but the AFL has reserved the right to stand him down after he was charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual...

AFL

Essendon players await their fate in court

Essendon.

Jon Pierik The 34 current and former Essendon players issued with show-cause notices are preparing to find out whether they will be dragged into the Federal Court case brought against the Australian Sports...

Melbourne hopes to retain James Frawley, despite stinging attack from club legend Garry Lyon

James Frawley of the Demons (right) tries to shrug off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley targets Gary Ablett and Gold Coast's star midfield

Gold Coast star Gary Ablett was instrumental in the shock win against Collingwood last season.

Jon Pierik Don't expect Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to make the same mistake he did last year - not tagging Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett.

AFL

James Hird attacks ASADA over rights and says show-cause notices are void

Suspended coach James Hird

Jon Pierik James Hird has claimed his legal team questioned the validity of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency before his interview in April last year and was not...

AFL

How AFL clubs handle assault cases

Stephen Milne arrives at court last year

Jon Pierik Incidents of alleged sexual assault and other serious off-field issues involving players have elicited a variety of responses from the AFL and its clubs.

AFL

North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw charged with rape

AFL North Melbourne football training- Majak Daw. 14th of May 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Steve Butcher, Cameron Houston and Jon Pierik North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw has been charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.