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.

Fixture rethink has merit, says Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has backed a proposal for all teams to play each other once in the opening 17 rounds of the AFL season, declaring it would give all clubs the chance to assess where...

Hawks intent on stabilising a 'yo-yo' season

 The Hawks look dejected as they leave the ground after the loss to Greater Western Giants, but coach Alastair Clarkson is adamant they are not easy targets.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has brushed aside provocative comments from Melbourne forward Chris Dawes, declaring the Hawks are only intent on short-circuiting what has been a "yo-yo" season.

WADA appeal against Essendon a 'witch hunt', claims lawyer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Coach James Hird is seen during an Essendon recovery session at St Kilda Sea Baths on May 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** James Hird

Jon Pierik A former legal adviser to the AFL Players Association has accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of orchestrating a 'witch hunt' against the 'Essendon 34' and has questioned why the AFL should remain...

Kangaroos satisfied with Brad Scott's explanation

Allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard: Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne is said to be satisfied and comfortable with Brad Scott's version of events, as it emerged he was facing allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard at Blundstone Arena during...

CAS appeal not a certain win for WADA

Australian weightlifter Aleksan Karapetyn was suspended for two years for taking benzylpiperazine in 2005 in the US.

Jon Pierik Before the 34 former and current Essendon players and Bombers supporters get too worried, it should be remembered a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

WADA appeal: The arbitrators who could rule on Essendon

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Jon Pierik According to the Court of Arbitration for Sport database, Australia has 19 arbitrators who could fill the three positions available to hear the World Anti-Doping Authority's case appeal against the...

'Essendon 34' free to play as WADA launches appeal

Tom Bellchambers (right) sings the song with Brent Stanton and coach James Hird after the win over Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik Essendon players are free to keep playing while the World Anti-Doping Agency launches its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

WADA to appeal Essendon supplements verdict

Director General of WADA, David Howman.

Marissa Calligeros, Samantha Lane and Jon Pierik WADA has decided to appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's not guilty verdict on 34 current and former Essendon players.

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A case of deja Blues?

Dennis  Pagan and Bryce Gibbs in 2007.

Jesse Hogan and Jon Pierik Dual premiership coach Denis Pagan believes Carlton's treatment of Mick Malthouse shows they have not learnt anything about solidarity since they sacked him as their coach almost eight years ago.

Collingwood youngster Nathan Freeman to undergo hamstring surgery

Nathan Freeman (right) is set to undergo surgery.

Jon Pierik Collingwood has been dealt a blow, with prized draftee Nathan Freeman set to undergo exploratory surgery on his hamstring on Tuesday.

Police investigate North Melbourne coach Brad Scott's alleged incident with security guard

Alleged incident with security guard: Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik Tasmanian police are investigating after North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was allegedly involved in an incident involving a security guard at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Saturday.

The Blue view: the case for and against Mick Malthouse

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Jon Pierik  Mick Malthouse's manager Peter Sidwell says the future of the three-time premiership coach is in the hands of the Blues' board of directors.

Suns confident of retaining Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon has played 52 matches in four years, with some questioning his willingness to embrace the professional attitude required to enjoy consistency at the top level.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns have opened contract negotiations with Charlie Dixon, and remain confident the forward-ruckman will remain at the club.

Blues insist Mick Malthouse is safe - for now

Carlton leaders Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy fronted the media on Monday morning.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has declared Mick Malthouse will coach out the season, but has not guaranteed that captain Marc Murphy and his deputy Bryce Gibbs won't be traded.

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WADA supplements appeal deadline on Bombers nears

Angry: ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt.

Jon Pierik The 34 players involved in the Essendon supplements saga will know within days whether they are finally free of the controversy.

Scoring down, but AFL happy with look of game

Geelong's Tom Hawkins celebrates after kicking a goal in round 10 in 2014. The Cats averaged 91 points per game last year, but are well down on that, to 76, in 2015.

Jon Pierik The AFL says it is happy with the look of the game, despite a slight drop in scoring and an increase in the number of stoppages this season.

Bulldogs must keep their bite, warns Luke Beveridge

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Jon Pierik They are the feel-good story of the season, but coach Luke Beveridge has warned his Western Bulldogs that the good times can quickly fade.

Flying the flag is 'crap': Roos coach

Scott said Hodge 'offered an apology that was accepted. It was largely out of character.'

Larissa Nicholson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson To throw punches on the football field is cowardly, but to "fly the flag" for a teammate was "crap", North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Wednesday.

Beware out-of-form Steve Johnson, warns Collingwood Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is wary that struggling Geelong star Steve Johnson could re-ignite his season on Friday night, while urging one of his own forwards to lift.

Demons wary of making Hogan a young hero, says chief

Flying start: key forward Jesse Hogan celebrates after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson says the Demons have learned how to handle the expectations surrounding boom forward Jesse Hogan through the mistakes the club made with Jack Watts.