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.

ASADA to provide evidence to Essendon players

The players were not a party to the case brought by James Hird and Essendon, but agreed that the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the AFL last year was unlawful.

Jon Pierik ASADA has suggested it is open to a deal with players prepared to come forward.

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Former Demon Mitch Clark close to deciding on his preferred new AFL club

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.

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Shaun Higgins tells teammates he is likely to leave Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs small forward Shaun Higgins appears to have played his last game at the club.

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Malthouse to rejoin Tigers of old

Richmond players Geoff Raines, Michael Roach (wearing a Collingwood guernsey) and Mick Malthouse after their grand final series win in 1980.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

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Brisbane Lions hope for Paddy Ryder decision by the end of the week

Paddy Ryder has quit Essendon, and will visit Port Adelaide this week before deciding where he will play next season.

Jon Pierik The Brisbane Lions expect Paddy Ryder to make a decision by the end of the week on whether he will join the club.

McKenna review will be 'fair and thorough', say Suns

Guy McKenna has a year to run on his contract but has been under pressure since the Suns fell out of finals contention

Jon Pierik Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff says the review of coach Guy McKenna's tenure will be "fair and thorough", and insists the club has not yet begun to think about possible replacements.

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Uncertain Essendon players await their fate

The players were not a party to the case brought by James Hird and Essendon, but agreed that the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the AFL last year was unlawful.

Jon Pierik The 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices were in limbo on Friday night, as they awaited a decision from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on their immediate futures.

Federal Court decision a major blow for Bombers, James Hird

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Jon Pierik Befitting the high stakes on the field at this stage of an AFL season, it was much the same for Essendon and James Hird when they returned to their battleground of a different kind on Friday.

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AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Court ruling could shape James Hird's future at Essendon, says lawyer

The Bombers run onto the field

Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Bryce Gibbs caps season with top honour

A cut above the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Michael Malthouse says Bryce Gibbs is striving for excellence after the midfielder claimed his maiden best and fairest.

Carlton on the move to the MCG for more home games under new deal

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton's wish has been granted, with the Blues to play six home matches at the MCG from next season as part of a new five-year deal.

Former St Kilda tagger Clint Jones hopes to extend AFL career

'Obviously, I still want to keep playing' says Clint Jones.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.

Josh Gibson says Hawks can shut down potent Power attack

Josh Gibson speaks to the media at Waverley Park on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide's goal-kicking capabilities have been reinforced in two stunning September wins, but Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson is confident his team has the versatility to quell a Power uprising.

Brent Harvey should not have been at tribunal, says AFL Players Association

Ian Prendergast says it is wrong if every head clash is penalised.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.