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 Essendon captain Jobe Watson talks of the players' devastation at the CAS decision, and foreshadows potential legal action.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Troubled Gold Coast star Harley Bennell wants to reignite his career with Fremantle next season.
Jon Pierik Lance Franklin will not attend the Sydney Swans' best-and-fairest count as he continues to recover from his mental health issues.
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.