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.

Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

AFL

Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

AFL player agent hearing adjourned

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik A court hearing involving Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, and the AFL Players Association has been adjourned until next month.

James Brayshaw: Kangaroos were atrocious

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...

AFL

Time for Bombers to let Hird go

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

AFL

No guarantee on James Hird's return: Paul Little

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has refused to guarantee that James Hird will coach the team next year, revealing more information needs to be gathered before a final decision on his future is made.

AFL

Kade Simpson re-signs for two years at Carlton

Up the Blues: Carlton’s Kade Simpson joins the fun at World Down Syndrome Day on Friday.

Jon Pierik The Blues half-back, who is flourishing under Mick Malthouse, is proud he will finish his career as a one-club player.

AFL

Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

AFL

Alan Richardson urges David Armitage to show the way for young midfield

Leading the way: David Armitage.

Jon Pierik Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan and Eli Templeton earn debuts as Saints mark out new beginning.

AFL

St Kilda rookie Eli Templeton elevated to senior list

Eli Templeton has replaced Lewis Pierce on the primary list.

Jon Pierik St Kilda could unveil a possible new cult hero in round one, with Eli Templeton elevated to the senior list.

AFL

Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".

AFL

Blues reluctant to play more Sunday nights

Jon Pierik Less than 25,000 people attended Blues' opening home clash of the season at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Grand blueprints put pressure on AFL club chiefs

No matter the predictions, on-field results are all that matter for football teams.

Jon Pierik Clubs' statements akin to recent mid-financial-year projections of listed companies.

Melbourne puts forward Mitch Clark on indefinite leave over health issues

Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.

Malthouse warns cap could spark job losses

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse fears a cap on football department spending could lead to job losses at clubs.

Wayne Carey accuses Collingwood of playing 'bruise-free' football

Collingwood v Fremantle AFL round 1 Etihad Stadium , Michael Walters kicks a goal despite pressure from Tom Langdon
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Friday the 14th of March 2014

Jon Pierik AFL legend Wayne Carey has accused Collingwood of playing ''bruise-free'' football against Fremantle on Friday night.

Malthouse: Blues set to challenge

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While many in the football world continue to debate Carlton's likely finish this season, coach Michael Malthouse believes his Blues are ready to challenge the league's elite.

AFL

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert.

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has heightened expectations at his powerful club, declaring the Magpies expect to win a premiership within the next three years.

AFL

Sunday night footy a turn on

MCG at night

Jon Pierik The AFL is confident supporters and viewers will embrace Sunday-night football, as Andrew Demetriou labelled having a vacant MCG this weekend as ‘‘absurd’’.

Jack Billings no certainty to make St Kilda debut

New Saint Jack Billings

Jon Pierik St Kilda’s top draft pick Jack Billings will use Saturday’s VFL practice match to push his claims for a senior debut, but the Saints have adopted a cautious approach with the talented...