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 The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority appears determined to ensure its evidence against the 34 Essendon players is bullet-proof, declaring it won't be rushed into re-issuing show-cause notices.
Jon Pierik Young Brisbane midfielder Jack Crisp could be a surprise component in a complicated five-club deal which would help Dayne Beams become a Lion.
Jon Pierik Disgruntled Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder could find it hard to win his case before the AFL grievance tribunal because he played on for two seasons after the club's supplements saga erupted, lawyers...
Jon Pierik Former Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney insists his fractured relationship with the players could have been repaired and has revealed he felt "crook in the stomach" when told disgruntled...
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has declared the embattled club should expect to play in the finals for the next decade – once it settles on a new coach.
Jon Pierik James Hird and ASADA are now at loggerheads over when a Federal Court appeal should be held.
Jon Pierik Essendon's fight to retain its players continues to escalate, with Kyle Hardingham the latest to signal he wants to leave, in part because of the toll the current environment has taken on him.
Jon Pierik The 34 players set to be reissued with show-cause notices want to be given the full briefing of evidence showing they allegedly were administered the banned peptide thymosin beta 4.
Jon Pierik It's been one battle after another for Essendon since the club opted to self-report to the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency on February 5 last year.
Jon Pierik Having slotted back into his role as senior coach, James Hird has bought into trade debate, declaring Paddy Ryder will remain at Essendon next season unless a "good" deal with Port Adelaide can be...
Jon Pierik Essendon's decision to avoid what it said would have been a "reckless" sacking of James Hird could mean Mark Thompson is now lost to the club.
Jon Pierik The re-issuing of infraction notices to the 34 current and former Essendon players could begin as early as Friday.
Jon Pierik James Hird could threaten Essendon with a contempt-of-court action should the Bombers use his Federal Court appeal as the basis for his sacking.
Jon Pierik James Hird's renewed attempt to scrap the show-cause notices issued to 34 players through a full Federal Court appeal could depend on whether he remains as coach, lawyers claim.
Jon Pierik Dual premiership midfielder Brad Sewell has decided to retire after Hawthorn opted to not offer him a new contract.
Jon Pierik James Hird's bid to have his appeal to the full Federal Court expedited will begin with a hearing on Thursday.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has all but clinched a settlement with the Bombers.
Jon Pierik James Hird has declared he would be living a "lie" if he pleaded guilty to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and did not appeal the Federal Court decision despite now facing the sack as...
Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.
Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.