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.

Police investigate North Melbourne coach Brad Scott's alleged incident with security guard

Jon Pierik Tasmanian police are investigating after North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was allegedly involved in an incident involving a security guard at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Saturday.

The Blue view: the case for and against Mick Malthouse

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Jon Pierik  Mick Malthouse's manager Peter Sidwell says the future of the three-time premiership coach is in the hands of the Blues' board of directors.

Suns confident of retaining Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon has played 52 matches in four years, with some questioning his willingness to embrace the professional attitude required to enjoy consistency at the top level.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns have opened contract negotiations with Charlie Dixon, and remain confident the forward-ruckman will remain at the club.

Blues insist Mick Malthouse is safe - for now

Carlton leaders Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy fronted the media on Monday morning.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has declared Mick Malthouse will coach out the season, but has not guaranteed that captain Marc Murphy and his deputy Bryce Gibbs won't be traded.

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WADA supplements appeal deadline on Bombers nears

Angry: ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt.

Jon Pierik The 34 players involved in the Essendon supplements saga will know within days whether they are finally free of the controversy.

Scoring down, but AFL happy with look of game

Geelong's Tom Hawkins celebrates after kicking a goal in round 10 in 2014. The Cats averaged 91 points per game last year, but are well down on that, to 76, in 2015.

Jon Pierik The AFL says it is happy with the look of the game, despite a slight drop in scoring and an increase in the number of stoppages this season.

Bulldogs must keep their bite, warns Luke Beveridge

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Jon Pierik They are the feel-good story of the season, but coach Luke Beveridge has warned his Western Bulldogs that the good times can quickly fade.

Flying the flag is 'crap': Roos coach

Scott said Hodge 'offered an apology that was accepted. It was largely out of character.'

Larissa Nicholson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson To throw punches on the football field is cowardly, but to "fly the flag" for a teammate was "crap", North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Wednesday.

Beware out-of-form Steve Johnson, warns Collingwood Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is wary that struggling Geelong star Steve Johnson could re-ignite his season on Friday night, while urging one of his own forwards to lift.

Demons wary of making Hogan a young hero, says chief

Flying start: key forward Jesse Hogan celebrates after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson says the Demons have learned how to handle the expectations surrounding boom forward Jesse Hogan through the mistakes the club made with Jack Watts.

I don't agree with Steven May report: Nathan Buckley

Steven May.

Jon Pierik and AAP Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the decision to report Gold Coast's Steven May was wrong, while former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas believes the incident encapsulated the "quandary" facing the...

Blues approve surface for Matthew Kreuzer comeback

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Jon Pierik Carlton have taken the precaution of checking the surface at Frankston Oval, as Matthew Kreuzer prepares to return through the VFL from injury.

Western Bulldog Lin Jong sidelined with broken hand

Lin Jong fractured his hand in the stunning win over Sydney on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Lin Jong's standout start to the season has been derailed with the Western Bulldog having surgery on a broken hand.

Magpies can have a 'crack' at flag, says star forward Jamie Elliott

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Jon Pierik Collingwood fan favourite Jamie Elliott believes there is no reason why the Magpies can't have a "crack" at the premiership this season, as club president Eddie McGuire again urged his team to dare...

Northern AFL clubs making draft unequal, says Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire has taken another swipe at the AFL's equalisation measures.

Jon Pierik Eddie McGuire has taken another swipe at AFL equalisation, calling it a myth and saying the only solution is an uncompromised draft.

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Mick Malthouse capable of leading a Blues 'renaissance'

The only way is up... Blues coach Mick Malthouse speaks to his players during Friday's game.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse's manager Peter Sidwell says the record-breaking coach has sparked a "football renaissance" at each of his three previous AFL clubs, and believes it will no different at Carlton -...

Demon Jack Watts has time to change perceptions, says Garry Lyon

Jack Watts handballs between Nick Vlastuin of the Tigers (left) and Taylor Hunt during the round four match on April 24.

Jon Pierik He may be the most maligned player in Melbourne's history, but Demons legend Garry Lyon says Jack Watts still has plenty of time to change the public's perception of him.

Stuttering Hawthorn hope 'soul searching' does the trick

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson handballs during a training session.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn has endured a week of "soul searching" as the defending champions attempt to rectify a stuttering start to the season.

Gold Coast Suns can win AFL premiership in three years: Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett fires out another handball.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns may be winless after four rounds, but captain Gary Ablett has declared his team can celebrate a premiership within three years.

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Pies need to be ready for a case of the Blues, warns Buckley

Braced: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is bracing for Carlton, whose intensity they expect will be "through the roof" to honour Mick Malthouse's coaching milestone in Friday night's blockbuster at the MCG.