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.

Hawthorn riding bumps with a win over Geelong

Emmq Quayle and Jon Pierik Geelong will maintain perspective and head into round two trusting in their preparation for the new season.

James Frawley pulls the 'right rein' as Hawks march on

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Jon Pierik Having had the opportunity to join either Geelong or Hawthorn during last year's trade period, James Frawley, the want-away Demon, chose the defending champions.

Time for AFL to consider 'zero tolerance' on drugs, says Hawks president Andrew Newbold

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold fears the AFL is "losing the battle" with illicit drugs and has declared it's time to consider a "zero-tolerance" policy.

Carlton's Dale Thomas avoids surgery but out for six weeks

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Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas has avoided surgery on his injured shoulder but is still expected to miss at least six weeks.

Appeals board could sway an ASADA challenge, says lawyer

Ben McDevitt was disappointed with the verdict, and has just over a fortnight left to lodge an appeal to the AFL's appeals board.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body may be tempted to challenge the Essendon verdict as the professional history of the man who would have ultimate say in an appeals hearing could mean he has a...

Luke Hodge: No talk of a premiership three-peat for Hawthorn

Luke Hodge will play on in 2016.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has banished discussion of a premiership "three-peat", as the Hawks prepare to begin their campaign against arch-rival Geelong on Monday.

Thompson left to wonder as Bombers take the field

In charge: James Hird talks to the team at quarter-time at ANZ Stadium.

Jon Pierik While those Essendon players cleared of an anti-doping charge took to the field at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a renewed zest for the season, one man involved throughout the whole ordeal could...

Richmond Tigers debutant knew he was 'ready' for big league

Flying start: Kamdyn McIntosh celebrates the goal he kicked on his former idol, Chris Judd.

Jon Pierik Emerging Richmond midfielder Kamdyn McIntosh knew he was ready to step out in the seniors - he just needed his body to remain healthy.

Carlton's Daisy Thomas: 'My shoulder was halfway down my arm'

Dale Thomas (left, partly hidden) joins his teammates as they leave the field after losing to Richmond on Friday.

Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas said he felt as if his injured shoulder "was half way down my arm" after he was crunched in a tackle in the opening minute of Thursday night's loss to Richmond.

Brisbane Lions bracing for Magpies to attack Dayne Beams

Dayne Beams is likely to be targeted by his old club.

Jon Pierik Brisbane is ready to confront a Collingwood team they expect will attack former teammate Dayne Beams "pretty hard" when the clubs open their season at the Gabba.

Dogs relieved that Stewart Crameri is back in action

Cleared to play: Stewart Crameri.

Jon Pierik While the focus has been on Essendon, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club is relieved Stewart Crameri has been cleared to play after it was ruled he was not administered a banned drug...

AFL season 2015: Finally, down and dirty football as Tigers cut down Blues

Brandon Ellis (left) and Shaun Grigg of the Tigers celebrate.

Jon Pierik In a fortnight week where drugs and gambling issues have overshadowed the game, there was something almost quaint when attention turned to Thursday night's season opener at the MCG.

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Ex-Bomber Hal Hunter steps up supplements case against Essendon

Hal Hunter playing in the VFL in 2013.

Jon Pierik Former Essendon rookie-listed player Hal Hunter will intensify his bid to get to the bottom of the supplements saga by lodging a statement of claim with Essendon and the AFL.

Blues lead the way as AFL clubs prepare to kick goals - off the field

What a twilight grand final might look like (digitally altered image.)

Jon Pierik Comment: Forget the new faces on the field this weekend, for the real judgments could come from assessing which home team produces the best "fan-friendly" experience.

Bulldog Bob Murphy emerges from a period of 'mourning'

Robert Murphy says his focus must now be on building a new era.

Jon Pierik Having emerged from what he dubbed a "mourning process", Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy says his primary aim now is to usher through the next generation which can have a sustained run at finals...

Secret report finds Essendon's drugs record-keeping was 'deplorable'

Essendon coach James Hird and CEO Paul Little at Tuesday's media conference.

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."

Legal action an option for Essendon players, says agent Peter Jess

A Bombers fan shows his support for James Hird near the club's headquarters on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Veteran player agent Peter Jess has called for AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick to step down and says disgruntled former Essendon players may have no choice but to follow the legal action initiated by...

The Essendon verdict: Players cleared by AFL anti-doping tribunal

The Essendon verdict.

Jon Pierik Thirty-four past and present Essendon footballers are free to resume playing after being cleared of taking a banned drug.

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'Ignorance no excuse' for Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas: Nathan Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has warned "ignorance is no excuse" as two of his players face being sacked should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.

With relatively few individual drug tests, AFL players may be tempted to try their luck

Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Jon Pierik While four AFL players have tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs in recent times, the relatively small number of individual tests could mean players are tempted to try their luck.