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.

Robbie Tarrant remains loyal to Kangaroos

Jon Pierik North Melbourne key defender Robbie Tarrant has rejected advances from rival clubs and has signed a long-term extension.

Hawthorn make full-back Brian Lake sweat over contract extension

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn full-back Brian Lake has been told he will have to wait until the end of the season before he finds out whether he will be given a new contract.

Powerful coterie backs Essendon review

Essendonians

Jon Pierik An influential Essendon coterie says it has "genuine empathy" for coach James Hird but has backed the club's wide-ranging review.

Bullish Bulldogs put a bite into equalisation

Bulldogs supporters greet Mitch Wallis after victory over Port Adelaide.

Jon Pierik The Western Bulldogs' rise this season has been a feel-good story - and an example to others - for many reasons, perhaps none more than it shows what can be done despite an unbalanced equalisation...

Next month 'critical' to James Hird's coaching career: Tim Watson

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Jon Pierik Essendon great Tim Watson says the next month is "critical" as to whether James Hird is given the opportunity to coach in 2016.

Supplements saga will haunt me for life, admits Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik Mark Thompson fears the Essendon supplements saga will haunt him for the rest of his life and he has called for change at a club he believes is "drowning" amid the ongoing drama.

Support for Phil Walsh fellowship

Crows head coach Phil Walsh is pictured prior to the round nine AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers Adelaide Oval on May 30, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says there is merit in initiating a permanent international scholarship in honour of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, but has cautioned it...

Richmond's lack of bite without Brett Deledio 'damaged the brand'

Richmond's Brett Deledio was sorely missed against Adelaide.

Jon Pierik No Brett Deledio, no Richmond? That is the question Tiger supporters are again contemplating after their side was crunched by six goals in Adelaide.

Travis Auld promoted in AFL executive shake-up

Travis Auld: up the ranks.

Jon Pierik The rise of Travis Auld through the AFL system continues, with the former Gold Coast Suns chief executive to be elevated into the crucial role of scheduling and broadcast operations.

If you boo Adam Goodes, you're a racist: Gillon McLachlan

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik The AFL has a clear message – anyone who jeers Adam Goodes upon his return to the field against Geelong on Saturday night is a racist.

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John Barker, Mark LoGiudice debate Carlton's poor form

John Barker

Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker has revealed he had a "strong conversation" with president Mark LoGiudice through the week, as the Blues search for "four-quarter intent" against arch-rivals...

AFL clubs to consider radical splash for cash

Jon Pierik Club chiefs have floated the radical proposal of following the AFL Players Association and arguing for annual set percentage of revenue.

Andrejs Everitt hopes to kick a goal with a new Carlton contract

Jon Pierik Here's a trivia question - who is Carlton's leading goal-kicker this season?

Kangaroos hop to it and score a Friday night prize

For a club that pioneered the Friday night slot the Kangaroos were granted only two matches this season.

Jon Pierik Having lashed a fixture he believed had "backfired horribly", North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw is likely to have a more content expression now his Kangaroos have been handed a Friday night...

Essendon coach James Hird sues insurance company for refusing to pay legal bill

James Hird

Mark Russell, Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson Essendon coach James Hird is suing his insurance company for refusing to pay his legal bill of more than $640,000 over the supplements saga.

Pssst: Jake Carlisle heading to Carlton?

Bomber Jake Carlisle.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny The AFL rumour roundabout was in full swing this week, with the Hawks, Magpies and Blues thrown up in discussions.

Richmond can win the flag: Brett Deledio

Brett Deledio has been an important player with 16 disposals and three goals to three quarter-time.

Jon Pierik As Richmond basks in toppling heavyweight Hawthorn, Tigers star Brett Deledio has declared his team can win the flag.

Jobe Watson will play on in 2016, insists Essendon coach James Hird

Jobe Watson has been in England watching the cricket.

Jon Pierik The debate about Jobe Watson's future is over, with Essendon coach James Hird declaring he is "sure" his captain will play on next season.

Cats boss Colin Carter delivers a word of caution on TV rights revenue

Wary: Geelong president Colin Carter.

Jon Pierik Players and club chief executives have already begun jostling over just where the funds from the next broadcast rights deal should go, but one club president has delivered a word of caution.

Blues, Kangaroos to support Adam Goodes

Jon Pierik Carlton and North Melbourne will reinforce their support for Adam Goodes when indigenous players from each side join their captains for the pre-game toss of the coin at Etihad Stadium on Saturday...