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.

Damien Hardwick under no extra pressure, insists Jack Riewoldt

Jon Pierik Richmond star Jack Riewoldt insists the players remain united behind Damien Hardwick and doesn't believe the coach will be under greater pressure next season.

2015 AFL season review: Tigers under pressure in 2016 after another dismal end

Alex Rance.

Jon Pierik Richmond made progress in 2015 with impressive wins over top teams. But then they made their third elimination-final exit in a row.

Bulldogs lament 'gut-wrenching' loss as Crows soldier on

Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs ponders what might have been after the elimination final on Saturday.

Jon Pierik The Western Bulldogs' fairytale season is over after a "gut wrenching" elimination final loss to the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night.

Blues begin search for new assistant coaches

Patrick Cripps of the Blues handballs during the round 23 match against Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik As the Blues embark on a thorough process to land their new assistant coaches, so, too, are the players preparing for a busy off-season.

Bernie Vince into history as Dees' best

Man possessed: Demons midfielder Bernie Vince now has a best and fairest at two clubs.

Jon Pierik Midfielder Bernie Vince joined a select group of players to have won a best and fairest at two different clubs when he took out Melbourne's top honour in a thrilling count on Friday night.

Geelong veteran Corey Enright to play on in 2016

Corey Enright (left) had another strong season and remains an important part of the club's back line

Jon Pierik While Steve Johnson assesses his next move after leaving Geelong, fellow veteran Corey Enright will remain a Cat next season - and could become the club's all-time games record-holder.

Melbourne Demons captain Nathan Jones to have neck surgery

Nathan Jones

Jon Pierik In a week where Melbourne celebrated Jesse Hogan's Rising Star award, there was sobering news on Friday when it emerged skipper Nathan Jones would have a delayed start to the pre-season because of...

Rebuilding Carlton Blues seek an AFL priority draft pick

Carlton is seeking a priority pick.

Jon Pierik The fight for selection two in the national draft has intensified with Carlton declaring compensation for Matthew Kreuzer must be based on "merit" and not influenced by the parlous state of the...

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Tigers get a kick along in front of goal

Ben Lennon.

Jon Pierik Emerging Richmond forward Ben Lennon says a dedication to providing clear feedback through the week has helped the Tigers boast one of the more potent forward lines heading into the finals.

Young Hawk Billy Hartung ready to step up if Isaac Smith is ruled out

Billy Hartung

Jon Pierik Speedy midfielder Billy Hartung has declared he is ready to play in his first final and handle the pressure of September if teammate Isaac Smith is ruled out through injury.

Hawks determined to avoid making grand final the 'tough way'

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn is determined to avoid having to try to claim what would be an historic third-straight flag the "tough way" but that challenge will grow if line breaker Isaac Smith is ruled out.

Mars no longer wants a bite of the Blues

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik It's not only on the field where Carlton will have a new look next season, for the Blues are on the hunt for a joint major sponsor after Mars Chocolate opted to not renew its contract.

AFL finals 2015: How much pressure is your AFL coach under?

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Jon Pierik While it's a fine achievement to have made the AFL finals, expectations, more often than not, don't stop there. For at least six of the finalists, more needs to be achieved.

Western Bulldogs insist they will have enough finals bite

We'll have enough bite: Mitch Wallis speaks to the media at Whitten Oval on Monday.

Jon Pierik Midfield hardnut Mitch Wallis is adamant the Western Bulldogs' attacking game plan can hold up in the finals

Carlton to dismiss emotion in Matthew Kreuzer deal

Former Carlton coaches John Barker and Mick Malthouse and departing high-performance manager David Buttifant.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer may be a "heart and soul" player of the Blues but club officials are set to dismiss emotion when it comes to deciding whether to match any offer for the frontline ruckman.

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Pssst: Irate Ireland want the Aussies to come round

In demand: Jesse Hogan of the Demons.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny So disappointed was the Gaelic Athletic Association with the limited depth of the Indigenous-only side sent for the International Rules Tests in Ireland in 2013 that officials were moved to express...

Bottoms up as the Blues collect the wooden spoon

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Carlton will have the No.1 pick in the national draft after Brisbane's shock win over the Western Bulldogs relegated the Blues to their fourth wooden spoon in 14 years.

Clubs hope banned Magpies pair act as a drugs deterrent

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Club chiefs are hopeful players have taken serious note of the trouble Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe found themselves in, as the post-season parties this week ramp up for those teams...

No, Brad Scott, questions were rightly asked over resting

Questions: Brad Scott during the game against Richmond on Friday.

Jon Pierik Coach Brad Scott was within his right to lash out at anyone who suggested North Melbourne did not want to win on Friday night - but the question rightly had to be asked.

Jeremy Howe's future still a mystery to Demons

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.