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.

That's reality - Saint Tom Hickey prospers from London calling

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...

James Hird subjected to 'substantial prejudice'

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik James Hird has argued he has been subjected to "substantial prejudice" as a result of the on-going Essendon supplements scandal.

James Hird argues ASADA probe into Essendon 'must start again'

James Hird.

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.

Essendon not first to be prosecuted over banned TB-4 drug

Banned: Thymosin Beta 4.

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.

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Seven to remain 'sensible' in AFL broadcast rights bid

Channel 7 logo.

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...

Holidays over, AFL players back at training

Collingwood players have been told of the need to lift training loads this summer, with output having gone up by 30 per cent last summer.

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.

Players obligated to stay in shape during holidays

Sherrin footy

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...

Who needs a big pre-season at your AFL club?

Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo.

Jon Pierik Who from your club needs a big pre-season?

Heat the new heights as AFL players prepare for summer slog

Beating the heat: Geelong's Billie Smedts takes a drink after a run during pre-season training in December last year.

Jon Pierik It may not quite be the most enjoyable period of the year for players, but arguably it's the most important.

Carlton open to an annual Wellington clash against St Kilda

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Jon Pierik Carlton is open to turning its maiden Anzac Day trip to Wellington next year into an annual fixture.

Rodney Eade confident Gary Ablett will lead the Gold Coast Suns the 'right way'

Gary Ablett is likely to spend more time as a damaging forward next season.

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".

AFL fixture 2015: Essendon bombs out on Friday nights

The Bombers expressed disappointment at losing Friday and Saturday night appearances.

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.

Mick Malthouse humbled to break AFL coaching record

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Michael Malthouse says he will be humbled to become the AFL's longest-serving coach.

Essendon case one of the most complex in the world, says ASADA

Essendon Bombers

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.

Essendon supplements saga: McDevitt says Essendon players 'have a case to answer'

Ben McDevitt:

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...

Hardingham keen to continue AFL career

Looking for a new home: Kyle Hardingham.

Jon Pierik Delisted Essendon defender Kyle Hardingham will nominate for the national draft unless he is taken as a delisted free agent.

Essendon supplements saga: ASADA hits back over 'player welfare'

Essendon

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".

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Hird 'will coach', while Thompson in limbo

Hird

Jon Pierik, Daniel Cherny Essendon senior official Neil Craig is adamant James Hird will be senior coach next season.

Swans ramp up bid to have trading ban overturned

Industry observers believe the decision was linked to the club's bold recruitment of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

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.

Bombers face a tough start to 2015

Heading down a dark path: Essendon skipper Jobe Watson.

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.