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 As pressure builds on James Hird, former Essendon chairman Ray Horsburgh has urged the club to soon make a call on whether to retain their coach for 2016 or begin to look elsewhere.
Jon Pierik The AFL's internal review into how it handled the Essendon supplements saga is unlikely to be released until the end of the year.
Jon Pierik While Jimmy Bartel seems assured of a senior return this week, veteran Geelong midfielder James Kelly will need to prove his fitness before he is given the opportunity to face slumping North...
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned suburban footballers they could face as much scrutiny as their elite AFL counterparts.
Jon Pierik Jobe Watson has revealed he has considered relinquishing the Essendon captaincy, questioning whether he would enjoy the sport more without the added pressure.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association and Greater Western Sydney chief Dave Matthews are at loggerheads over a call for illicit-drug testing to be part of a player's standard contract in a revised industry...
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Melbourne could soon be forced to make a difficult decision on a warhorse midfielder.
Jon Pierik Former Brisbane Bears coach Peter Knights says Philip Walsh will be remembered as a "path finder" who was ahead of his time in terms of preparation and fitness.
Jon Pierik Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead, his wife is in hospital and his son has been charged with murder after a domestic dispute at their South Australian home on Friday morning.
Jon Pierik Leading psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg says Sunday's clash between Adelaide and Geelong should go ahead as a way for the football community to deal with the shock death of Crows coach Phil Walsh.
Jon Pierik Veteran player agent Peter Jess, who has long warned of illicit drug use among AFL players, says the league's next "big challenge" is dealing with micro-doping.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared he personally loves on-field aggression and has urged his developing team to physically confront Hawthorn in their Friday-night blockbuster.
Jon Pierik As far back as 2004, former Hawthorn forward Nick Holland remembers thinking Simon Lloyd would one day have an opportunity to be a senior AFL coach - a chance that may soon come at Carlton.
Jon Pierik and Peter Hanlon Carlton are confident tall utility Lachie Henderson will remain at the club, as Geelong express frustration that it has been linked with several off-contract players.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association is preparing for an emergency meeting with the Gold Coast Suns players on Thursday as it seeks a way of helping those impacted by the cocaine scandal.
Jon Pierik Fremantle says they have no issue with coach Ross Lyon meeting with a Carlton coaching sub-committee member in Perth on Tuesday.
Jon Pierik AFL and Gold Coast Suns investigators are set to urge under-siege players to break their bond of mateship when interrogated over drug allegations.
Jon Pierik Carlton Football Club doctor Phil Bloom is involved in what is an experimental - but potentially revolutionary - treatment to ease the short and long term impact of bone bruising on AFL players.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn fullback Brian Lake says he is in the best shape he has been in for years and hopes to snag a contract extension.
Jon Pierik The AFL has warned players from all clubs that any repeat of the injection sledge Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell aimed at Essendon would fall under its vilification policy and could result in a sanction.