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.
Jon Pierik Essendon faces a potentially hazardous start to the 2015 campaign, which could be exacerbated depending on the fall-out from the anti-doping probe.
Jon Pierik St Kilda has revealed it has opened contract negotiations with Jack Steven, an important midfielder the club hopes will play a key role in the club's resurgence.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold believes the introduction of the football department tax from next season could inadvertently bring greater stability to the tenure of senior coaches.
Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions' great Jonathan Brown is now at the centre of a tug of war between the television broadcasters.
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The AFL players' union will summon as many as possible of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices to a meeting within days.
Jon Pierik Having set a benchmark through the audacious trade for Tom Boyd, the Western Bulldogs will soon have several of their home-grown young stars who are also crucial to their premiership aspirations...
Jon Pierik While many of his new teammates enjoy a break, with some overseas escaping the AFL bubble, as appears to be a growing ritual among players at this time of the year, Liam Jones is focused on a...
Jon Pierik Departed Bomber Paddy Ryder looms as the player who could be the first to move to terminate the anti-doping case against him and strike a deal with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Jon Pierik The 34 current and former Essendon players re-issued with show-cause notices now have 10 days to respond to the briefs of evidence the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has gathered against...
Jon Pierik The 34 Essendon players re-issued with show-cause notices have been given 350 pages of evidence alleging they were administered a banned peptide during the club's 2012 supplements program.
Jon Pierik Australia's peak body for sports scientists hopes Port Adelaide has set an example by becoming the first AFL club to have its entire sports science department require official accreditation.
Jon Pierik Carlton is committed to making the finals next season, as the list constructed during the Brett Ratten era continues to undergo major change.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority appears determined to ensure its evidence against the 34 Essendon players is bullet-proof, declaring it won't be rushed into re-issuing show-cause notices.
Jon Pierik Young Brisbane midfielder Jack Crisp could be a surprise component in a complicated five-club deal which would help Dayne Beams become a Lion.
Jon Pierik Disgruntled Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder could find it hard to win his case before the AFL grievance tribunal because he played on for two seasons after the club's supplements saga erupted, lawyers...
Jon Pierik Former Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney insists his fractured relationship with the players could have been repaired and has revealed he felt "crook in the stomach" when told disgruntled...
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has declared the embattled club should expect to play in the finals for the next decade – once it settles on a new coach.
Jon Pierik James Hird and ASADA are now at loggerheads over when a Federal Court appeal should be held.
Jon Pierik Essendon's fight to retain its players continues to escalate, with Kyle Hardingham the latest to signal he wants to leave, in part because of the toll the current environment has taken on him.
Jon Pierik The 34 players set to be reissued with show-cause notices want to be given the full briefing of evidence showing they allegedly were administered the banned peptide thymosin beta 4.