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.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association was seeking answers from the AFL over the handling of the Ryan Crowley drugs charge, as the league came under fire for its delay in holding an anti-doping hearing.
Jon Pierik Ryan Crowley's provisional suspension for taking a banned substance has raised debate over the type of painkillers players should be allowed to take.
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.
Jon Pierik Carlton forward Lachie Henderson is focused on playing ''good consistent'' football before opening serious contract negotiations with the Blues.
Jon Pierik The AFL has agreed for its players to log weekly on a mobile phone application the supplements they are given by their club.
Jon Pierik Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel, who is off contract this season, is in no hurry to open contract negotiations with the Cats.
Jon Pierik Former Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell says Nathan Buckley is well aware coaching is a "results" business but does not believe the Magpies need to make the finals this season to keep...
Jon Pierik Steve Johnson left Simonds Stadium on crutches on Saturday but the Cats insist he only corked a calf in his return to action via the VFL.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has suggested Essendon counterpart Paul Little has an eye on succession planning after announcing two new board directors.
Jon Pierik After his cobbled-together side was beaten by St Kilda on Saturday, James Hird was asked whether the AFL had been over officious in banning six players from match simulation on Friday.
Jon Pierik Geelong is confident Steve Johnson will have enough time to be match fit for the season-opening blockbuster against Hawthorn despite ruling the mercurial forward out of this week's NAB Challenge...
Jon Pierik AFL coaches are split over the future of the substitute rule, and will leave it to the AFL to determine whether it remains once the season is done.
Jon Pierik Former Victorian sports minister, and Melbourne great, Brian Dixon has approached the AFL in a bid to intensify the league's international aspirations.
Jon Pierik The AFL is a leader in many aspects of professional Australian sport, whether it be in off-field issues, or simply in stability at club level.
Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter has called for an overhaul of the AFL's international agenda, declaring it's time the league assiduously worked to expand a code which has only a stronghold on "a few...
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse is expected to return to work this week and take charge of the Blues when they face Collingwood in the second round of the NAB Challenge.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has renewed his push to abolish the revenue-sharing tax, fearing it will reduce all clubs into a "break-even" position.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is weighing up whether to join the Kangaroos' board.
John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The financial health of the 18 AFL clubs has been laid bare, with only six making profits without substantial help from the league's governing body, an analysis of the competition's finances shows.
Jon Pierik The AFL will monitor the upgraded match-day experiences of all clubs, in a bid to ease fears an "arms race" could eventuate.