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 While Darren Jolly's stint on reality television show The Block didn't end with the best of results when the auction of his apartment failed to generate a financial windfall, the time he had away...
Jon Pierik James Hird has argued he has been subjected to "substantial prejudice" as a result of the on-going Essendon supplements scandal.
Jon Pierik Lawyers for James Hird have declared a drugs saga now into its 21st month "must start again", arguing they have compelling reasons why they should win a court appeal.
Jon Pierik The banned drug at the centre of the Essendon peptides scandal has been prosecuted by anti-doping authorities in up to three other cases in the past year.
Jon Pierik and Madeleine Heffernan At a time when sports broadcast rights are booming across the world, Channel Seven chief Tim Worner has declared his network will only make a "sensible" decision when it comes to reapplying for the...
Jon Pierik Collingwood's bid for redemption in 2015 officially begins on Wednesday when its younger batch of players return for the start of pre-season training.
Jon Pierik While the Instagram and Twitter pictures of players enjoying an overseas break or a drink at the races abound, even during their two-month break, they are bound by their collective-bargaining...
Jon Pierik Who from your club needs a big pre-season?
Jon Pierik It may not quite be the most enjoyable period of the year for players, but arguably it's the most important.
Jon Pierik Carlton is open to turning its maiden Anzac Day trip to Wellington next year into an annual fixture.
Jon Pierik New Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade has flagged Gary Ablett will spend less time in the midfield next season but is confident the champion midfielder is going to lead the team in the "right way".
Jon Pierik Essendon has been handed only two Friday-night matches next season, and none in the opening six rounds, as Richmond emerged as the league's darling in the marquee timeslot.
Jon Pierik Michael Malthouse says he will be humbled to become the AFL's longest-serving coach.
Jon Pierik Anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has described the probe into the Essendon supplements program as one of the most complex conducted in the world.
Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt insists the Essendon players involved in the club's supplements program "have a case to answer", with the anti-doping body confident it has...
Jon Pierik Delisted Essendon defender Kyle Hardingham will nominate for the national draft unless he is taken as a delisted free agent.
Jon Pierik, Matt Murnane Tensions between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the players issued with show-cause notices have escalated, with the anti-doping body declaring it "will not be dictated to".
Jon Pierik, Daniel Cherny Essendon senior official Neil Craig is adamant James Hird will be senior coach next season.
Jon Pierik The Sydney Swans remain hopeful of appearing before the AFL Commission in December in a bid to have their ban from trading in players next year over-turned.
Jon Pierik Essendon faces a potentially hazardous start to the 2015 campaign, which could be exacerbated depending on the fall-out from the anti-doping probe.