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

Tigers of old, and new, enjoy a hot streak

Jon Pierik Just two months ago, as Richmond counted three wins alongside 10 defeats, Tony Jewell, the club's last premiership coach, vented his displeasure.

Carlton star Dale Thomas escapes serious injury

Dale Thomas is in the frame to play Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas has escaped serious injury to his reconstructed right ankle, and remains in the frame to play against Port Adelaide on Friday night.

ASADA gathered evidence after its joint investigation

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's case to issue show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players gained significant momentum after its investigation with the AFL was...

ASADA could reissue show-cause notices, court told

Earlier this week Essendon lawyer Neil Young said the club could be destroyed if show-cause notices went ahead.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned if its joint investigation with the AFL into the Essendon supplements program is deemed unlawful it could reacquire the same information within...

A wrap-up of the Essendon v ASADA court case

Hird's suspension is almost complete. He returns officially to Essendon on August 25 but will not have an active role with the team's performance this season.

Jon Pierik Three days of hearings before Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court are over. Essendon, James Hird and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have had their say.

ASADA warns it could re-issue show-cause notices, court told

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body has warned if its joint investigation with the AFL into the Essendon supplements program is deemed unlawful it could re-acquire the same information within 24...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

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Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

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Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

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Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

James Hird tells Federal Court he disagreed with two Essendon chairmen over ASADA probe

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Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik Suspended coach James Hird says he disagreed with public statements made by successive Essendon chairmen about the club's stance on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe into the Bombers'...

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Bombers could be destroyed if court case is lost, claims lawyer

Up for the fight: Suspended coach James Hird and wife Tania arrive at the Federal Court with their legal team.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon lawyer Neil Young QC fears a Federal Court finding against the club could "effectively destroy its business" .

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

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Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

Essendon wants to use 'covert secret transcript' as evidence in case, court hears

James and Tania Hird arrive at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Solicitor for Essendon made a secret recording of an ASADA official addressing Bombers players.

We're ready, says Little as Bombers head to court

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Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has declared his club is ready for its court battle with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, as the anti-doping body prepares to argue there is "compelling...

A guide to the Essendon, Hird v ASADA court case

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Jon Pierik Understanding the hearing that is about to absorb most of the football world.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

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Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...

Court documents expose AFL, ASADA divisions

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Jon Pierik Explosive submissions lodged in the Federal Court by James Hird and Essendon on Friday detail the divide which grew internally within the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and also in its...

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

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Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.