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.

Chris Judd led Blues out of their 'lowest ebb': Steve Kernahan

Chris Judd with Stephen Kernahan after training in March 2013.

Jon Pierik Carlton legend Steve Kernahan says the retired Chris Judd will be remembered as the man who played an instrumental role in revitalising the Blues when they were at their lowest ebb.

Jobe Watson set to return as Bombers look to galvanise

The scoreboard at the end of the first half of the round 10 match did not flatter Essendon.

Jon Pierik As they seek to rebuild a slumping season amid the "cloud" of another anti-doping hearing, Essendon has at least two reasons to think victory can be achieved against the West Coast Eagles in Perth on...

AFL anti-doping panel to deliberate on Dank sanction

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Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal will deliberate on the sanction to be handed to Stephen Dank after a final hearing was held in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Composed Magpies ready for a season-defining month

Going nowhere: Heritier Lumumba of the Demons is tackled by Jordan De Goey and Travis Cloke of the Magpies.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised his side's composure as the Magpies now prepare to tackle what shapes as a season-defining month.

Blake Caracella a future senior coach, say Cats

Jon Pierik He doesn't attract the same attention as some prospective senior coaches, but Geelong believes assistant Blake Caracella should be considered for the vacant Blues job.

Geelong chief Brian Cook backs hair testing for illicit drugs

Brian Cook says the testing would help all parties as part of a review of the illicit drugs policy.

Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook has endorsed the move to have players hair tested for illicit drug use for the rest of the season.

AFL season 2015: Trent Cotchin urges a consistent roar from his Tigers

Trent Cotchin hangs on to Fremantle small forward Hayden Ballantyne during the round 10 match on Friday.

Jon Pierik As he prepares to enjoy the bye with a trip away with teammates, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says consistency at training and on match-day will be crucial to the Tigers hopes of making the finals.

AFL: Time for Hawks to get a move on, says Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson:

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has warned his team it's time to build momentum otherwise hopes of a top-four finish — and premiership aspirations — could be lost.

Former Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly reveals he was close to death

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Jon Pierik Retired Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly has revealed he "wasn't too far off" from death and may have to deal with seizures for the rest of his life.

A third positive drugs strike could result in court action: lawyer

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Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer has backed Peter Gordon's declaration that any attempt to ban an AFL player for a third positive strike to an illicit drug could result in court action.

Fremantle v Richmond: Can the Tigers topple 'Superman' - and Dockers?

Unstoppable? Nat Fyfe.

Jon Pierik It may be considered football's version of mission impossible, but the Richmond faithful have at least two reasons to believe their team can handle "Superman" Nat Fyfe and topple undefeated Fremantle...

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Carlton's Chris Yarran axed for failing to meet team standards

Axed: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker says the Blues have "compromised" their ability to defeat the Adelaide Crows by dropping Chris Yarran for disciplinary reasons, but stressed the club needed to...

Magpies have only scratched 'tip of the iceberg', says Nathan Buckley

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Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared the Magpies are in the best health they have been for four years and says his team has only scratched "the tip of the iceberg" in its development.

Paul Puopolo cleared as frustrated Hawks crave momentum

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Jon Pierik A frustrated Hawthorn has been buoyed by small forward Paul Puopolo being cleared of a major foot injury, while Jordan Lewis is likely to return against St Kilda.

Collingwood's Nathan Buckley raises fears over AFL head-high rule change

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the mid-season rule change, which will see free kicks awarded against players leading with their heads, will be hard for umpires to adjudicate.

It's time to boot the AFL grand final off the MCG: David Koch

David Koch says having the league's marquee event outside Victoria would be one way to improve club finances.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.

Suns star Gary Ablett won't be pressured into returning from injury: manager

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett's manager says the Gold Coast Suns champion won't be pressured into returning from injury before he feels ready.

Brad Scott out for a month as Kangaroos are labelled 'selfish'

Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's players have been labelled "selfish", as the Kangaroos begin to deal with the month-long absence of coach Brad Scott.

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AFL: Blues won't rule out seeking a priority pick

Marc Murphy was the No 1 pick in the 2005 draft.

Jon Pierik Carlton has left the possibility open of campaigning for a priority pick should its season continue to unfold in a grisly manner.

Time to cap the wages of senior AFL coaches: Leigh Matthews

Leigh Matthews believes that punishing players for poor performances can only serve to compound issues.

Jon Pierik Coaching legend Leigh Matthews and former Geelong premiership counterpart Mark Thompson have urged clubs to rein in the salaries of senior coaches.