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.

No finals means Collingwood have failed: coach Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded the Magpies will have failed to meet on-field expectations if, as expected, they do not make the finals.

James Hird exit: Supplements saga has changed everyone, says Jobe Watson

Jobe Watson looks on as James Hird speaks.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has laid bare the impact of the supplements saga, declaring anyone who had been involved in the case would never be the same.

The Essendon crisis: Paul Little to step down once drugs hearing is over

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman and Business Review Weekly rich-lister Paul Little has revealed he will step down once the club is free of the ongoing supplements saga.

Essendon, James Hird part ways in AFL

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18:  James Hird cries as he talks to the media following his resignation as head coach of the Essendon Bombers AFL Football Club at True Vaule Solar Centre on August 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Essendon and senior coach James Hird have parted ways after his failure to arrest the Bombers' alarming slide down the AFL ladder.

Smarter approach has Cyril Rioli kicking on

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Jon Pierik Relishing life largely as a permanent forward, Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli says a smarter approach to protecting his hamstrings has helped him enjoy what many consider to be his finest season to...

James Hird replacement would need to be a 'special person'

An Essendon supporter offers encouragement to coach James Hird after his team was thrashed by Adelaide.

Jon Pierik Any replacement for James Hird next season would have to be a "special person" but the ongoing supplements scandal is unlikely to discourage the best available candidates from applying should...

Top Dog says Bulldogs supporters need to show more loyalty

Just look at that: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his four goals on Sunday.

Jon Pierik While the Western Bulldogs are one of the hottest sides in the AFL right now, club president Peter Gordon says he is disappointed with attendances at matches.

Essendon review should decide James Hird's fate, says Tim Watson

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As the pressure intensifies on James Hird, Essendon great Tim Watson says the club should conclude its wide-ranging review before making a call on its coach.

Magpies right to extend Nathan Buckley's contract: Tony Shaw

Nathan Buckley talks to his players during the match against Sydney. Unfortunately, his team did not end up on the right side of the ledger.

Jon Pierik While Collingwood is now almost certain to miss the finals for two straight seasons, club great Tony Shaw believes the Magpies should offer Nathan Buckley a contract extension.

Essendon coach James Hird admits his job is on the line

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Jon Pierik James Hird has vowed he wants to continue as coach of Essendon next year, but suggested the club was entitled to question whether he should continue in the role.

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Feud between Sydney Swans, AFL heightens

John Longmire has backed president Andrew Pridham's attack on the AFL.

Jon Pierik Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has backed president Andrew Pridham's attack on the AFL as tensions between the club and league headquarters reach boiling point.

Robbie Tarrant remains loyal to Kangaroos

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik North Melbourne key defender Robbie Tarrant has rejected advances from rival clubs and has signed a long-term extension.

Hawthorn make full-back Brian Lake sweat over contract extension

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn full-back Brian Lake has been told he will have to wait until the end of the season before he finds out whether he will be given a new contract.

Powerful coterie backs Essendon review


Jon Pierik An influential Essendon coterie says it has "genuine empathy" for coach James Hird but has backed the club's wide-ranging review.

Bullish Bulldogs put a bite into equalisation

Bulldogs supporters greet Mitch Wallis after victory over Port Adelaide.

Jon Pierik The Western Bulldogs' rise this season has been a feel-good story - and an example to others - for many reasons, perhaps none more than it shows what can be done despite an unbalanced equalisation...

Next month 'critical' to James Hird's coaching career: Tim Watson

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Jon Pierik Essendon great Tim Watson says the next month is "critical" as to whether James Hird is given the opportunity to coach in 2016.

Supplements saga will haunt me for life, admits Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik Mark Thompson fears the Essendon supplements saga will haunt him for the rest of his life and he has called for change at a club he believes is "drowning" amid the ongoing drama.

Support for Phil Walsh fellowship

Crows head coach Phil Walsh is pictured prior to the round nine AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers Adelaide Oval on May 30, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says there is merit in initiating a permanent international scholarship in honour of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, but has cautioned it...

Richmond's lack of bite without Brett Deledio 'damaged the brand'

Richmond's Brett Deledio was sorely missed against Adelaide.

Jon Pierik No Brett Deledio, no Richmond? That is the question Tiger supporters are again contemplating after their side was crunched by six goals in Adelaide.

Travis Auld promoted in AFL executive shake-up

Travis Auld: up the ranks.

Jon Pierik The rise of Travis Auld through the AFL system continues, with the former Gold Coast Suns chief executive to be elevated into the crucial role of scheduling and broadcast operations.