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.

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Matthew Richardson says Tigers can beat the AFL's best teams

Jon Pierik Just days after bemoaning Richmond had not improved this season, club great Matthew Richardson has declared the Tigers are capable of defeating the league's elite.

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Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Demons coach Paul Roos speaks to the media on Monday.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.

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AFL warns of vigilance on caffeine

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Players warned they will need to be vigilant as part of AFL's crackdown on supplements.

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Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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Magpies re-sign key trio

Playing on: Steele Sidebottom.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is delighted to confirm it has re-signed the premiership winning trio of Nathan Brown, Ben Reid and Steele Sidebottom.

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Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Winning formula: Aaron Sandilands boasts a league-high 75.8 winning percentage in contests this season.

Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich is confident Dockers ruckman Aaron Sandilands and his midfielders will be able to negate any surprise Hawthorn tactic in Friday night's grand-final replay, with the...

Gold Coast re-signs three players

Jarrod Harbrow

Jon Pierik Players continue to reinforce their faith in the direction Gold Coast is heading.

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Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jarrad Waite (left) was cited for misconduct but is free to line up in Sunday night's clash against Essendon, as it was his first offence of this kind.

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

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Thomas says coaches to blame for boring football

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas says the gulf between exhilarating and conservative football has never been as great, and has taken aim at coaches locked into a ‘‘defence...

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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

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Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

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AFL players want International Rules series

The International Rules debate comes as players also maintain their push for an all-star or representative match, most likely to be held on the eve of the season.

Jon Pierik AFL players believe the International Rules series has a future.

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AFL chief Andrew Demetriou urges Stephen Dank to provide evidence to ASADA

Stephen Dank considers question.

Jon Pierik AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has urged sports scientist Stephen Dank to provide anti-doping authorities with the information they need.

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AFLPA push to streamline third-party deals

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Jon Pierik The complicated structure of independent third-party agreements could be eased if the AFL Players Association gets its way.

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James Hird will discover fate at Essendon board meeting

James Hird's future is likely to be decided on Wednesday.

Jon Pierik Essendon is determined to resolve James Hird's future at a specially convened board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, although it remains unclear whether Tania Hird will front club directors.

Chris Judd's return delayed

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Chris Judd's troublesome Achilles tendon is taking longer to heal than expected, with the Carlton champion now not expected to return until round five.

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Gary Ablett's Paleo diet the secret to his success

Gary Ablett

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett has embraced a diet that was used by humans more than 10,000 years ago to help him deal with the rigours of football.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

Time for Eddie to step down, says Hird adviser

Ian Hanke.

Jon Pierik James Hird's media adviser Ian Hanke has now taken aim at Eddie McGuire, calling for the Collingwood president to step down.

D-day for Tania and James Hird

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Jon Pierik Tania Hird, the wife of suspended Essendon coach James, is expected to be hauled before the Essendon board on Wednesday and ordered to take a vow of silence to ensure her husband returns to the top...