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.

ASADA says Magpie duo's drug can cause stroke

Clenbuterol.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned that the banned drug two Collingwood footballers have tested positive for can prompt a stroke.

Essendon supplements saga: Your guide to Tuesday's AFL anti-doping verdict

Essendon

Jon Pierik The AFL's anti-doping tribunal will release its verdict on the case involving Essendon, the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on Tuesday.

Thymosin beta 4 not on WADA banned list: Stephen Dank

Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik As calls come for a "root and branch" review of how the national anti-doping body completes its investigations, the man at the centre of the Essendon saga insists his supplements program was known at...

Former Bomber takes aim at 'scientifically pioneering program'

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jon Pierik The former Essendon player taking legal action against the Bombers over health and safety concerns has ordered any documents involving two of the prominent drugs used during the club's...

Mathew Stokes writes open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Geelong star Mathew Stokes:

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes has attacked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, declaring he has "isolated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders even more than they are already".

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Magpies to be a 'real threat', says Gary Pert

Gary Pert:

Jon Pierik While many of the so-called football experts believe Collingwood won't make the top eight this season, Magpies chief executive Gary Pert has declared his club can be a "real threat" if all goes well.

Anti-doping hearing date set for Ryan Crowley

Ryan Crowley is provisionally suspended.

Jon Pierik Fremantle midfielder Ryan Crowley will miss the opening month of the season, as he awaits his hearing before the AFL's anti-doping tribunal in May.

North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams considering his future after another concussion

North Melbourne's Leigh Adams will consult with a neurosurgeon after suffering another concussion.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams is considering his AFL future after suffering another concussion.

A dark day for former Blues star Nick Stevens, sentenced to jail for assault

Former Port Adelaide and Carlton football player Nick Stevens has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Jon Pierik Nick Stevens was one of the AFL's premier midfielders 10 years ago but life can be a challenge when footy careers finish.

Essendon captain Jobe Watson concedes Bombers are nervous ahead of tribunal verdict

'I would say there is an element and fair degree of anxiety': Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik As 16 of the 18 participating AFL captains were directed on to the lush turf of Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, there was one man the media was ready to pounce upon.

Tom Bellchambers happy to wait for contract discussions

Tom Bellchambers battles in the ruck with Mark Jamar.

Jon Pierik Frontline ruckman Tom Bellchambers will wait until the season unfolds before opening serious contract negotiations with Essendon.

Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli almost 'pulled the pin' before grand final

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli has revealed he almost "pulled the pin" on returning from a serious hamstring injury last year, a move which would have denied him the opportunity of playing in Hawthorn's back-to-back...

Bombers in the 'trenches', says Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy speaks to the media during the Essendon season launch on March 16.

Jon Pierik Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy says there has never been a tougher time for the club, admitting it is in the "trenches" ahead of an uncertain start to the home-and-away season.

James Hird prepares to field Bombers' 'best' team for season opener

James Hird talks to assistant coach Matthew Egan as he leaves the coaches box during a break in the game.

Jon Pierik As their date with the AFL's anti-doping tribunal nears, Essendon coach James Hird is still preparing for the Bombers to field their "best" team for the season opener against Sydney.

Essendon score first win of pre-season tournament

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Jon Pierik They may have had only seven of their best 22 players on the field but Essendon's poise was pivotal as they claimed a shock two-point win over Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

Etihad Stadium CEO Paul Sergeant returns fire at North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw

Jon Pierik Etihad Stadium chief Paul Sergeant has hit back at North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw, declaring the venue has been a "positive" one for all parties.

I won't be running for Pies presidency, says Craig Kelly

Jon Pierik Any suggestions Craig Kelly could eventually replace Eddie McGuire as Collingwood's next president appear over - at least in the short term.

Carlton to be impacted by contract debate, says coach Mick Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has attempted to hose down the prospect of Mick Malthouse's coaching future being a distraction this season, declaring the Blues had "a lot of other priorities"...

New wave of senior AFL coaches revealed

Goodwin is already guaranteed to replace Paul Roos at Melbourne when Roos steps down late next year.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The next wave of potential senior AFL coaches has emerged, with nine men to complete the new level-four coaching program.

AFL clubs warned about copyright infringement

Alistair Dobson, the AFL's manager for attendance and experience, wrote to clubs on Wednesday outlining the need to follow protocols.

Jon Pierik As the focus on the match-day experience continues to escalate, clubs have been warned they risk infringing copyright laws should they produce video clips for the ground scoreboard without a licence.