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: Time for Hawks to get a move on, says Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has warned his team it's time to build momentum otherwise hopes of a top-four finish — and premiership aspirations — could be lost.

Former Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly reveals he was close to death

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Jon Pierik Retired Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly has revealed he "wasn't too far off" from death and may have to deal with seizures for the rest of his life.

A third positive drugs strike could result in court action: lawyer

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Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer has backed Peter Gordon's declaration that any attempt to ban an AFL player for a third positive strike to an illicit drug could result in court action.

Fremantle v Richmond: Can the Tigers topple 'Superman' - and Dockers?

Unstoppable? Nat Fyfe.

Jon Pierik It may be considered football's version of mission impossible, but the Richmond faithful have at least two reasons to believe their team can handle "Superman" Nat Fyfe and topple undefeated Fremantle...

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Carlton's Chris Yarran axed for failing to meet team standards

Axed: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker says the Blues have "compromised" their ability to defeat the Adelaide Crows by dropping Chris Yarran for disciplinary reasons, but stressed the club needed to...

Magpies have only scratched 'tip of the iceberg', says Nathan Buckley

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Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared the Magpies are in the best health they have been for four years and says his team has only scratched "the tip of the iceberg" in its development.

Paul Puopolo cleared as frustrated Hawks crave momentum

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Jon Pierik A frustrated Hawthorn has been buoyed by small forward Paul Puopolo being cleared of a major foot injury, while Jordan Lewis is likely to return against St Kilda.

Collingwood's Nathan Buckley raises fears over AFL head-high rule change

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the mid-season rule change, which will see free kicks awarded against players leading with their heads, will be hard for umpires to adjudicate.

It's time to boot the AFL grand final off the MCG: David Koch

David Koch says having the league's marquee event outside Victoria would be one way to improve club finances.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.

Suns star Gary Ablett won't be pressured into returning from injury: manager

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett's manager says the Gold Coast Suns champion won't be pressured into returning from injury before he feels ready.

Brad Scott out for a month as Kangaroos are labelled 'selfish'

Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's players have been labelled "selfish", as the Kangaroos begin to deal with the month-long absence of coach Brad Scott.

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AFL: Blues won't rule out seeking a priority pick

Marc Murphy was the No 1 pick in the 2005 draft.

Jon Pierik Carlton has left the possibility open of campaigning for a priority pick should its season continue to unfold in a grisly manner.

Time to cap the wages of senior AFL coaches: Leigh Matthews

Leigh Matthews believes that punishing players for poor performances can only serve to compound issues.

Jon Pierik Coaching legend Leigh Matthews and former Geelong premiership counterpart Mark Thompson have urged clubs to rein in the salaries of senior coaches.

Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin urges teammates to keep roaring

Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has urged his teammates to keep building momentum, heading into the mid-season break.

Western Bulldogs eye a bite of Friday night football

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Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon says the team's encouraging form this season should warrant at least one Friday night match next season.

Will Minson has learnt his lesson as Western Bulldogs flag a rule change

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Jon Pierik While the AFL says it has no issue with the handling of the Will Minson case, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge believes it may be time for the rules involving players touching an umpire be revised.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan rejects anti-tampering rule

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was infuriated this week by more questions about defender Alex Rance's future.

Jon Pierik The public speculation over the future of out-of-contract players will continue, with AFL chief Gillon McLachlan ruling out introducing an anti-tampering rule through the season proper.

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AFL: Western Bulldogs to emerge stronger from Griffen saga: club chief

Ryan Griffen is preparing to face his old team.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon insists he holds no grudge against former captain Ryan Griffen and believes his club will emerge stronger from a harrowing end to the 2014 campaign.

Racism in the AFL: improvements, but work still to be done

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Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue treading...

Lucrative media career could await Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While his coaching career now appears over with a record 718 matches to his credit, Mick Malthouse will enjoy a lucrative career in the media – should he choose to head down that path.