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.

Life's 'Tweet' for new Blue Blaine Boekhorst

Jon Pierik Carlton draftee Blaine Boekhorst hasn't had to wait long to be given a nickname that is likely to stick for some time.

Collective bargaining agreement: Marsh declares AFL players are underpaid

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Jon Pierik While the football year may be winding down, but when it comes to club finances and player earnings, there's rarely a dull moment.

Pratt family tips in $1.3 million for the Blues

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Jon Pierik The Pratt family and their packaging and recycling businesses continue to play a key role in Carlton's financial fortunes, contributing almost $1.3 million to the Blues' bottom line last season.

AFL clubs and Gillon McLachlan to meet to discuss financial pain

Gillon McLachlan will hear from concerned club chiefs.

Jon Pierik Club chiefs are set to make it clear they are finding it increasingly difficult to break even - let alone make a profit - when they meet with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan on Wednesday.

Chris Dawes declares young Demon Jesse Hogan a round-one debutant

Jesse Hogan in Melbourne colours has been an unfamiliar sight.

Jon Pierik Bruising Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has declared boom youngster Jesse Hogan all but a certain starter in round one but has urged supporters to temper their expectations.

Wayne Carey puts spotlight on forwards as the AFL considers crackdown on illegal blocks

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Jon Pierik AFL great Wayne Carey says forwards - and not just defenders - should be under scrutiny after the AFL revealed it was considering a crackdown on illegal blocks and screens in marking contests.

Cats coach Chris Scott says Mitch Clark a 'long way' from being a consistent force

Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has revealed Mitch Clark is a "long, long way" from again being a consistent player and has stressed the former Demon has not been recruited to be a match-winner.

Paul Little says Bombers' board has performed 'exceptionally well'

Paul Little is facing opposition at next month's Essendon AGM.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the performance of his board amid another tumultuous year, as voting opens for two vacant positions.

Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy quick to play down Tom Boyd expectations

Robert Murphy

Jon Pierik While the Western Bulldogs ultimately hope Tom Boyd will be their power forward panacea, new skipper Bob Murphy has moved to ensure expectations, at least for the time being, remain reserved.

Murphy felt 'compelled' to be new top Dog

Robert Murphy leads his team onto the field for his 250th game against the West Coast Eagles in March 2014.

Jon Pierik Bob Murphy says he felt "compelled" to accept the Western Bulldogs captaincy.

Police want more information-sharing with AFL

Jon Pierik and Patrick Bartley Victoria Police has revealed it is keen to strengthen anti-corruption and intelligence-gathering measures with the AFL, having announced tougher information-sharing measures with Racing Victoria.

Essendon players seek out ex-fitness boss Dean Robinson for court quest

Dean Robinson.

Jon Pierik Lawyers for the 34 Essendon players facing anti-doping bans have reached out to former Essendon fitness boss Dean Robinson to help clear their names.

Saints sound out Fremantle's Brad Lloyd for chief football role

Jon Pierik St Kilda approached Fremantle player management boss Brad Lloyd to be its new head of football but he has rejected the offer.

Seven kicks a goal by landing VFL coverage

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Jon Pierik Channel Seven has added to its bulging sports portfolio by securing the rights to the VFL for the next two seasons, and will link its Saturday broadcast with its AFL coverage.

Bulldogs players break ranks in ASADA case

Bulldog Stewart Crameri gets stuck into pre-season training.

Jon Pierik A stunning split has emerged among the ranks of the 34 former and current Essendon players charged with being administered a banned peptide.

AFL to argue for open Essendon anti-doping hearing

Open case: The AFL wants the anti-doping tribunal hearings to be open to the public.

Jon Pierik The AFL is expected to argue the anti-doping tribunal case involving 34 current and former Essendon players be open, placing the league at odds with the AFL Players Association.

Chris Connolly linked to top Saints job

St Kilda.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne football chief Chris Connolly has emerged as a candidate to head up St Kilda's football operations.

AFL: Blues set to pounce on Silvagni

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Jon Pierik Stephen Silvagni remains the firm favourite to become Carlton's new list manager after Greater Western Sydney confirmed his departure.

Danny Frawley spurns Hawks, will join St Kilda

Returning to his home club: Danny Frawley.

Jon Pierik St Kilda great Danny Frawley has turned his back on an offer from Hawthorn and will join St Kilda as a part-time coach working with the team's defenders.

Coaching twist as Danny Frawley weighs up Saints role

Where to now for Danny Frawley?

Jon Pierik Confusion now surrounds Hawthorn's announcement on Friday that Danny Frawley would join the club, with the popular media commentator now contemplating a move to St Kilda.