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.

Essendon bans: Devastated Jobe Watson speaks of players' pain, foreshadows legal action

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson talks of the players' devastation at the CAS decision, and foreshadows potential legal action.

Essendon CAS verdict: Welfare fund could discourage legal action by players

Essendon remains confident and is dismissive of WADA's claim that it has abnormally high amounts of TB4 in a couple of players.

Jon Pierik Essendon's potential multimillion-dollar payout to the disgruntled 34 players banned for a year could be mitigated if a welfare fund was established, a leading player agent has claimed.

Essendon CAS verdict: Bombers strong enough to withstand 'grenade'

Essendon legend Simon Madden (second right) listens during a press conference at the club on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik A powerful Essendon coterie has declared the Bombers are "robust enough" to withstand the "grenade" thrown by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which has ruined their 2016 campaign and potentially...

Richmond's Dustin Martin to avoid major punishment

Dustin Martin

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Richmond's Dustin Martin looks certain to line up in round one against Carlton after being cleared of any serious wrong-doing by an AFL investigation.

Essendon CAS verdict: Bombers to search for top-up talent

Essendon coach John Worsfold (right) during a press conference at the club on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik A "weakened" Essendon will be allowed to promote rookie-listed players and top up with 10 other players in a bid to be a competitive side in 2016.

Essendon CAS verdict: AFL has 'no regrets' over its handling of drugs case

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik AFL chief Gillon McLachlan insists the league has no regrets over how it handled the Essendon supplements saga and could not have done more when it first raised the peptides issue with James Hird in...

Essendon CAS verdict: Bombers 34 'definitely' have legal options

Bombers Michael Hibberd and Michael Hurley.

Jon Pierik The 34 former and current Essendon players suspended for a year for taking a banned drug would "definitely have a number of legal options", as one AFL player agent even suggested the Bombers and the...

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Essendon CAS verdict: Jobe Watson could be stripped of Brownlow Medal, review in February

Jobe Watson with his 2012 Brownlow

Jon Pierik The decision to find the Essendon 34 guilty of being administered a banned drug could lead to Jobe Watson being stripped of his 2012 Brownlow Medal.

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Essendon supplements saga: Civil action by 'Essendon 34' likely, says player agent

Thirty-four former and current Essendon players are awaiting the  verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Jon Pierik AFL player agent Peter Jess says the 34 Essendon players embroiled for almost three years in the supplements saga have suffered "immeasurable psychological impact", and civil action could be launched...

Essendon supplements saga: Fog set to lift on Bombers' drug case

Essendon skipper Jobe Watson at training.

Jon Pierik When he has been asked for his opinion on when would there be resolution in the Essendon supplements saga, Gillon McLachlan has often reverted to the corporate lingo of the league having "no...

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President O'Neal not in my sights: Richmond board challenger

Richmond board challenger Joe Russo says he is not considering a challenge to president Peggy O'Neal.

Jon Pierik Richmond board challenger Joe Russo says he has not considered a presidential challenge, insisting his motive is to help the Tigers deliver "sustained premiership success".

Collingwood youngster Matt Scharenberg to have second knee reconstruction

Matt Scharenberg in action last week during Collingwood's pre-season training camp at Falls Creek.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says heartbreak kid Matt Scharenberg will do "everything to fulfil his dreams" as he faces more agonising time on the sidelines.

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Rebuilding Geelong Cats an unknown quantity, says Cameron Ling

Patrick Dangerfield will boost Geelong's chances in 2016.

Jon Pierik As Geelong plots a revamp of their playing list, premiership skipper Cameron Ling admits they shape as one of the more uncertain yet intriguing teams of 2016.

Top Saint Alan Richardson heads back to school

St Kilda senior coach Alan Richardson.

Jon Pierik St Kilda coach Alan Richardson will find himself back in the classroom this month, enriching himself with knowledge from one of the world's most distinguished schools.

Todd Goldstein caps fine year with Syd Barker Medal

Todd Goldstein has capped a career-best season by claiming his first Syd Barker Medal.

Jon Pierik Having already enjoyed All-Australian selection, North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein has capped a career-best season by claiming his first Syd Barker medal.

North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell signs five-year contract extension

Five-year deal: Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne hardnut Jack Ziebell has pledged his loyalty to the Kangaroos, signing a new deal which will keep him at the club until at least 2021.

Nick Riewoldt given an extended break, with captaincy to be put to a vote

Jon Pierik After an emotionally draining year, Nick Riewoldt has been given an extended post-season break, as St Kilda weighs up whether it's time for a change in captaincy.

AFL trade news: Harley Bennell eyes off Fremantle

Harley Bennell.

Jon Pierik Troubled Gold Coast star Harley Bennell wants to reignite his career with Fremantle next season.

Lance Franklin to be a no-show at Sydney Swans best-and-fairest count

Lance Franklin and his fiancee Jesinta Campbell arrive at Sydney's headquarters on Wednesday.

Jon Pierik Lance Franklin will not attend the Sydney Swans' best-and-fairest count as he continues to recover from his mental health issues.

Former Geelong Cats champion Steve Johnson open to interstate move

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Former Geelong star Steve Johnson has declared he is open to moving interstate, and is ready to embark on an arduous pre-season campaign to help him remain as an on-field force.