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 AFL coaches are split over the future of the substitute rule, and will leave it to the AFL to determine whether it remains once the season is done.
Jon Pierik Former Victorian sports minister, and Melbourne great, Brian Dixon has approached the AFL in a bid to intensify the league's international aspirations.
Jon Pierik The AFL is a leader in many aspects of professional Australian sport, whether it be in off-field issues, or simply in stability at club level.
Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter has called for an overhaul of the AFL's international agenda, declaring it's time the league assiduously worked to expand a code which has only a stronghold on "a few...
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse is expected to return to work this week and take charge of the Blues when they face Collingwood in the second round of the NAB Challenge.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has renewed his push to abolish the revenue-sharing tax, fearing it will reduce all clubs into a "break-even" position.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is weighing up whether to join the Kangaroos' board.
John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The financial health of the 18 AFL clubs has been laid bare, with only six making profits without substantial help from the league's governing body, an analysis of the competition's finances shows.
Jon Pierik The AFL will monitor the upgraded match-day experiences of all clubs, in a bid to ease fears an "arms race" could eventuate.
Jon Pierik The new-look Western Bulldogs will go on show for the first time in Saturday's NAB Challenge opener against Richmond, with players young and old revitalised by rookie coach Luke Beveridge.
Jon Pierik While he is still angered by the justice shown to him and his club, James Hird has opted to concentrate on coaching and developing his players after opting to not take his legal fight against the...
Jon Pierik Former Australian anti-doping chief Richard Ings says ASADA would appeal in a "heartbeat" should Essendon players be found guilty of taking a banned substance and not receive an appropriate...
Jon Pierik Clubs are disappointed that six matches through the NAB Challenge will not be broadcast, but the AFL has defended this decision.
Jon Pierik Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has suggested Essendon and coach James Hird are to blame for the delays in securing a resolution for the supplements saga and has warned he is likely to...
Jon Pierik The player agent of a Collingwood star has won the opening round of a court battle against the AFL Players Association.
Jon Pierik Gold Coast Suns players maintain they are not implicated in the cocaine sting that has engulfed south-east Queensland.
Jon Pierik AFL Hall of Fame legend Leigh Matthews says the look of the game has changed for the worse in the past five years but any suggestion to try and rectify this through a cut in interchange numbers must...
Jon Pierik Nine Victorian AFL clubs have been cleared of alleged breaches of occupational health and safety but the Victorian WorkCover Authority's probe into Essendon and the AFL continues.
John Stensholt and Jon Pierik The AFL's expansion into Sydney's rugby league and soccer heartland has hit a financial bump, with the league forced to tip in an extra $3.25 million into the Greater Western Sydney Giants last year.
Jon Pierik Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.