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.

Sydney Swans win a trade reprieve from AFL

Jon Pierik The Sydney Swans have won a reprieve of sorts through the player exchange period, and can now trade for one player on a contract worth up to $450,000 as part of the phasing out of the...

Rebuilding Carlton ready to embrace draft, salary cap

The Blues have lost patience with Matthew Watson, who was pick 18 in the 2010 draft.

Jon Pierik They are the words many a Carlton official has eschewed through the years, but they underline what president Mark LoGiudice and the Blues are now all about as they plot a comprehensive rebuild.

Patrick Cripps wins Carlton best and fairest

Patrick Cripps, in his second season, polled 68 votes, one ahead of skipper Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik In a year of turmoil for Carlton, Patrick Cripps was one of the Blues' few feel-good stories. That was reinforced on Thursday night when he became one of the youngest players in the club's history to...

Chris Yarran a no-show at Carlton best-and-fairest count

Chris Yarran is not in Melbourne.

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Carlton star Chris Yarran is not attending the Blues' best-and-fairest count on Thursday night.

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Dominant Nat Fyfe claims AFLPA most valuable player award

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers accepts his MVP Award on Tuesday night.

Jon Pierik Fremantle star Nat Fyfe has taken the first step towards what could be the game's two highest individual honours, claiming the AFL Players Association most valuable player award.

Melbourne midfielder Christian Petracca steps up knee rehab in US

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik His rookie season ruined by serious injury, forgotten Melbourne midfielder Christian Petracca has begun a demanding training program in Philadelphia with a knee specialist who wants him to realise it...

AFL finals 2015: Adelaide urged to be wary of 'wounded' Hawks

The Crows will look to Eddie Betts to continue his goalkicking form.

Jon Pierik Adelaide are wary of a Hawthorn side they regard as "September specialists" and have been warned the defending champions could react to last week's loss like a "wounded animal".

John Worsfold decision key to Adelaide's coaching plans: Mark Bickley

Big decisions: John Worsfold has been approached by Essendon.

Jon Pierik Former Adelaide Crows captain Mark Bickley believes John Worsfold's future could ultimately decide whether Scott Camporeale remains as senior coach next season.

AFL finals 2015: Nathan Thompson calls for centre bounce replay to be scrapped after umpiring shockers

The centre bounce can provide an amazing spectacle, as shown by Justin Koschitzke's effort against Darren Jolly in the 2010 grand final replay.

Jon Pierik To bounce, or not to bounce. It seems to be a question many in the football world are still wrestling with.

Damien Hardwick under no extra pressure, insists Jack Riewoldt

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

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.