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.

Magpies pair to have B samples tested

Josh Thomas and Lachlan O'Keeffe.

Jon Pierik The anti-doping case against Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe will take an important step on Tuesday, when the B sample of the players is tested.

Malthouse puts heat on team leaders at winless Blues

Captain Marc Murphy leads the Blues off Domain Stadium after a disappointing loss to West Coast.

Jon Pierik Frustrated Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has turned the spotlight onto his on-field leaders, while skipper Marc Murphy has urged greater accountability as the Blues seek answers for their winless...

Hawthorn's Jed Anderson hoping for a happy hunting ground in 2015

Mine, all mine: Jed Anderson marks in front of Corey Enright of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Just as he is more wary when hunting now, Hawthorn's Jed Anderson also hopes he eludes trouble on the football field after a rugged 2014.

Mark Maclure: It could be a 'bloody' end for Mick Malthouse at Carlton

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Debate over the future of Carlton coach Mick Malthouse continues to intensify, with club great Mark Maclure questioning whether the winless Blues have the "guts" to sack the coaching legend.

Brian Lake has been unfairly smeared, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has accused Geelong of smearing Brian Lake's name, with the Hawks' defender denying he vilified Mitch Clark in the heated Easter Monday clash.

Carlton's Dale Thomas planning an early return from injury

Dale Thomas is hoping for an early return from injury.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas believes he could return within "two to three" weeks, giving him the opportunity to play in coach Mick Malthouse's record-breaking clash.

Time for AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship, says psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg

Renowned psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg says the key issue surrounding drugs is alcohol consumption.

Jon Pierik The psychologist involved in the AFL's most recent illicit drugs forum says players should only be allowed one strike and has called on the AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship.

Headaches for Blues, Eagles in second round

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik There is one area on the field Carlton and the West Coast Eagles coaches are likely having as many headaches as each other this week.

Bulldog Jordan Roughead signs three-year contract

Jordan Roughead has signed with the Bulldogs until the end of 2018.

Jon Pierik While it remains to be seen if the Western Bulldogs can emerge as a surprise finals threat this season, there's little doubt the planks are in place for a sustained period of success when the...

Hawthorn riding bumps with a win over Geelong

Steve Johnson clashes with Sam Mitchell on Monday.

Emmq Quayle and Jon Pierik Geelong will maintain perspective and head into round two trusting in their preparation for the new season.

James Frawley pulls the 'right rein' as Hawks march on

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Jon Pierik Having had the opportunity to join either Geelong or Hawthorn during last year's trade period, James Frawley, the want-away Demon, chose the defending champions.

Time for AFL to consider 'zero tolerance' on drugs, says Hawks president Andrew Newbold

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold fears the AFL is "losing the battle" with illicit drugs and has declared it's time to consider a "zero-tolerance" policy.

Carlton's Dale Thomas avoids surgery but out for six weeks

Carlton logo.

Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas has avoided surgery on his injured shoulder but is still expected to miss at least six weeks.

Appeals board could sway an ASADA challenge, says lawyer

Ben McDevitt was disappointed with the verdict, and has just over a fortnight left to lodge an appeal to the AFL's appeals board.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body may be tempted to challenge the Essendon verdict as the professional history of the man who would have ultimate say in an appeals hearing could mean he has a...

Luke Hodge: No talk of a premiership three-peat for Hawthorn

Luke Hodge will play on in 2016.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has banished discussion of a premiership "three-peat", as the Hawks prepare to begin their campaign against arch-rival Geelong on Monday.

Thompson left to wonder as Bombers take the field

In charge: James Hird talks to the team at quarter-time at ANZ Stadium.

Jon Pierik While those Essendon players cleared of an anti-doping charge took to the field at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a renewed zest for the season, one man involved throughout the whole ordeal could...

Richmond Tigers debutant knew he was 'ready' for big league

Flying start: Kamdyn McIntosh celebrates the goal he kicked on his former idol, Chris Judd.

Jon Pierik Emerging Richmond midfielder Kamdyn McIntosh knew he was ready to step out in the seniors - he just needed his body to remain healthy.

Carlton's Daisy Thomas: 'My shoulder was halfway down my arm'

Dale Thomas (left, partly hidden) joins his teammates as they leave the field after losing to Richmond on Friday.

Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas said he felt as if his injured shoulder "was half way down my arm" after he was crunched in a tackle in the opening minute of Thursday night's loss to Richmond.

Brisbane Lions bracing for Magpies to attack Dayne Beams

Dayne Beams is likely to be targeted by his old club.

Jon Pierik Brisbane is ready to confront a Collingwood team they expect will attack former teammate Dayne Beams "pretty hard" when the clubs open their season at the Gabba.

Dogs relieved that Stewart Crameri is back in action

Cleared to play: Stewart Crameri.

Jon Pierik While the focus has been on Essendon, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club is relieved Stewart Crameri has been cleared to play after it was ruled he was not administered a banned drug...