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.

Kangaroos know they have plenty of hop

Jon Pierik Having banished Essendon with a stunning second-half resurgence, North Melbourne heads into Friday night's qualifying final against Geelong knowing it has the ability to also out-run the Cats.

Trent Cotchin wants Tigers' finals pain to 'burn in the gut'

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Jon Pierik As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.

Fifth was the best I could have done, says Daniel Ricciardo

Jon Pierik While his winning streak was snapped, Daniel Ricciardo says finishing fifth in the Italian Grand Prix was the "best" he could have done regardless, and hopes team orders will help him remain in...

McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse chooses Collingwood clash for games record milestone

Collingwood president Eddie Mcguire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse makes the call to notch his record-breaking 715th match as a VFL-AFL coach next season against the Magpies, ensuring the AFL of one of its...

Lyon questions whether Lumumba is a good fit for Demons

Heritier Lumumba began the season strongly but his form slipped along with that of the team as the season unfolded.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has questioned whether disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba would be the right fit for the rebuilding Demons.

Rioli won't play VFL this weekend, say Hawks

Cyril Rioli's season may be over.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli won't return from injury in the VFL next weekend but Ryan Schoenmakers and Matt Suckling have been given special dispensation to play in an under-23 "young guns" curtain...

Beaten Geelong sweats over four stars

Steve Johnson

Jon Pierik The fitness issues of Steve Johnson, Steven Motlop and Allen Christensen and possible match review panel scrutiny of an incident involving Tom Hawkins will dominate Geelong's thinking as it seeks to...

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Lumumba has gone 'politically mad', says Magpie great McGuane

Heritier Lumumba

Jon Pierik Collingwood great Mick McGuane says Heritier Lumumba has gone "politically mad" and the Magpies may not have any other option than to trade the premiership defender.

Lawyers question Paddy Ryder's possible exit clause

Jon Pierik A leading employment and safety lawyer, and a leading sports lawyer, have questioned the retrospective powers of a breach-of-contract clause Essendon star Paddy Ryder could use to quit the club.

Essendon's Paddy Ryder on verge of walkout

Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Essendon star Paddy Ryder could quit the club at the end of the season with his management looking at triggering a new breach-of-contract clause that would allow him to walk as a delisted free agent.

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Contested ball the key to stopping Power, says Hardwick

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Jon Pierik Damien Hardwick has identified winning the contested-possession count as the key to defeating Port Adelaide.

Blood profiling shows benefits of home training for Magpies

Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren has revealed blood profiling of his players during the heat of a Melbourne summer found training at home provided similar results to the more expensive option...

Carlton makes four changes to list

Delisted: Andrew McInnes.

Jon Pierik Carlton has made a further four changes to its playing list after completing exit interviews on Tuesday.

Free agent James Frawley to meet Demon coach Paul Roos

James Frawley (right) has yet to make a call on his future.

Jon Pierik Melbourne may be given a clearer indication of James Frawley's plans when the off-contract utility has his end-of-season interview with coach Paul Roos on Wednesday.

Training loads to increase, vows Collingwood fitness boss

More running ahead: Collingwood fitness boss Bill Davoren has vowed to increase the club's training load.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.

Magpies seek help from US on injuries

Eddie McGuire claims this year's fixture would cost the Magpies about $1 million in revenue.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has revealed the Magpies have sought out soft-tissue experts from the National Hockey League and college basketball programs in the US in a bid to end what he says...

Secret document highlights importance of Essendon interviews

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik The importance of interviews that Essendon players gave about the club's supplements program has been highlighted in a confidential document the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority showed AFL...

WorkCover health and safety probe into AFL clubs on hold

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik An investigation into alleged breaches of health and safety at 10 AFL clubs has slowed as the Victorian WorkCover Authority awaits a decision by the Federal Court into the Essendon supplements probe.