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.

Western Bulldogs 'should' play finals for the next decade, insists Peter Gordon

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has declared the embattled club should expect to play in the finals for the next decade – once it settles on a new coach.

Hird and ASADA at odds over appeal date

ASADA insists the appeal before the full Federal Court of three judges should not begin until at least November 24.

Jon Pierik James Hird and ASADA are now at loggerheads over when a Federal Court appeal should be held.

Essendon's Kyle Hardingham 'worn down' by supplements saga

Kyle Hardingham.

Jon Pierik Essendon's fight to retain its players continues to escalate, with Kyle Hardingham the latest to signal he wants to leave, in part because of the toll the current environment has taken on him.

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Players urge ASADA to provide full evidence

The Bombers run onto the field

Jon Pierik The 34 players set to be reissued with show-cause notices want to be given the full briefing of evidence showing they allegedly were administered the banned peptide thymosin beta 4.

Essendon coach James Hird's toughest test may only be beginning

James Hird.

Jon Pierik It's been one battle after another for Essendon since the club opted to self-report to the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency on February 5 last year.

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Paddy Ryder will stay unless Bombers get a 'good' deal, insists James Hird

Paddy Ryder

Jon Pierik Having slotted back into his role as senior coach, James Hird has bought into trade debate, declaring Paddy Ryder will remain at Essendon next season unless a "good" deal with Port Adelaide can be...

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Essendon show-cause notices could be issued this week

Essendon

Jon Pierik The re-issuing of infraction notices to the 34 current and former Essendon players could begin as early as Friday.

Hird remains but Thompson could be out

Essondon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik Essendon's decision to avoid what it said would have been a "reckless" sacking of James Hird could mean Mark Thompson is now lost to the club.

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Hird could launch contempt-of-court action against Bombers

James Hird.

Jon Pierik James Hird could threaten Essendon with a contempt-of-court action should the Bombers use his Federal Court appeal as the basis for his sacking.

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James Hird's coaching future could shape show-cause challenge

James Hird.

Jon Pierik James Hird's renewed attempt to scrap the show-cause notices issued to 34 players through a full Federal Court appeal could depend on whether he remains as coach, lawyers claim.

Shunned Sewell retires

Brad Sewell

Jon Pierik Dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has decided to retire after Hawthorn opted to not offer him a new contract.

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James Hird appeal moves one step closer with initial hearing on Thursday

James Hird.

Jon Pierik James Hird's bid to have his appeal to the full Federal Court expedited will begin with a hearing on Thursday.

Dean Robinson and Essendon reach settlement of close to $1m

Dean Robinson

Jon Pierik Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has all but clinched a settlement with the Bombers.

I would be living a 'lie' by not appealing, claims James Hird

James Hird leaves Essendon's Tullamarine HQ.

Jon Pierik James Hird has declared he would be living a "lie" if he pleaded guilty to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and did not appeal the Federal Court decision despite now facing the sack as...

James Hird standing on principle but it's time to play the team game

bombers

Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.

McKenna sacking to have major implications for Essendon

Gold Coast Suns chairman John Witheriff.

Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.

Can Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson work together?

Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson at the Brownlow in 2009.

Jon Pierik As caretaker Essendon coach, Mark Thompson enjoyed a great rapport with the wider football media - and public - this season through his quirky post-match press conferences.

Shaun Higgins quits Western Bulldogs, seeks North Melbourne deal

Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.

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AFL in a grand position to tune in to broadcast rights talks

Fox Footy has said audiences for its live matches this season had grown by 2 per cent. However, the cumulative free-to-air television audience has reportedly fallen by 1.2 per cent.

Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.

AFL grand final: Jason Dunstall speech spurred Hawthorn to back-to-back flags

Jason Dunstall

Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.

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