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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Emmq Quayle and Jon Pierik Geelong will maintain perspective and head into round two trusting in their preparation for the new season.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas has avoided surgery on his injured shoulder but is still expected to miss at least six weeks.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...