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 Trent Cotchin says it's time for the Tigers to take their game to the 'next level'.
Jon Pierik A psychologist at the AFL's drug summit says the league must adopt an US army plan.
Jon Pierik The feisty Bulldog forward has gone through a summer of torture to improve his game.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn will look to continue contract negotiations with Lance Franklin despite the superstar forward putting talks on hold until the end of the season.
Jon Pierik Footballers Could face annual psychological tests assessing their propensity to use drugs.
Jon Pierik Former Geelong captain Cameron Ling believes the Cats can emulate the resurrected Swans.
Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has conceded that the league ''dropped the ball'' in dealing with alcohol abuse by players, as it emerged confidentiality was still an issue in informing clubs...
Jon Pierik One of the experts brought in by the AFL to present on the drugs issue at the ground-breaking summit on Wednesday has effectively backed the clubs' wish to be informed of a player's identity after a...
Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis could miss next month's NAB Cup with a quad strain.
Jon Pierik MELBOURNE great Gerard Healy has hit out at AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission and fears the Demons could be left financially depleted if found guilty of tanking.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.
Jon Pierik ESSENDON midfielder David Zaharakis could miss next month's NAB Cup after straining a quad muscle at training on Monday.
Jon Pierik Martin is still a work in progress off the field, but Tigers expect his best season yet.
Jon Pierik Despite believing the AFL's investigation is flawed, lawyers representing the Melbourne Football Club board and three of its employees are debating whether to keep their ''powder dry'' when they...
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel looked very much the part modelling a range of suits last week.
Jon Pierik Drew Petrie joked that he had better repay coach Brad Scott for giving him almost three months off over the pre-season to rest a body preparing for its 13th AFL campaign.
Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.
Jon Pierik Undergoing ankle surgery means Dale Thomas is likely to delay his contract negotiations.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne full-back wants blanket ban, claiming glove use gives an unfair advantage.
Jon Pierik Geelong's delegate with the AFL Players Association says three-strikes must remain.