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.

AFL coaches split over substitute rule


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.

Melbourne great Brian Dixon wants AFL to focus on South Africa

Brian Dixon.

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.

Time for the AFL to reconsider its international plans

Jon Pierik

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.

Cats chief calls for overhaul of AFL's international agenda

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...

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse expected to be back this week

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.

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Hawks fear tax will mean clubs only 'break even'

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold:

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.

Kangaroos approach Glenn Archer to join board

Glenn Archer.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is weighing up whether to join the Kangaroos' board.

Unprofitable clubs get millions in aid from AFL

Sherrin football with a dollar sign.

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.

AFL clubs fear a costly 'contest' in match-day experience

Fans enjoy the atmosphere during a game between Port Adelaide and Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval last season.

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.

New-look Bulldogs ready to be unleashed in Richmond clash


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.

Essendon supplements saga: James Hird decides against High Court appeal


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...

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Essendon supplements hearing: ASADA would appeal penalties 'in a heartbeat', says ex-chief

Former Australian anti-doping chief Richard Ings enters the debate.

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...

AFL clubs upset over pre-season broadcast decision

Jon Pierik Clubs are disappointed that six matches through the NAB Challenge will not be broadcast, but the AFL has defended this decision.

ASADA warns it could appeal Essendon case

McDevitt was questioned why it had taken more than two years to get to this stage.

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...

Player agent Jim Marinis wins opening court battle against AFLPA

Marinis believes the association did not properly review his test with him - a point the association has denied.

Jon Pierik The player agent of a Collingwood star has won the opening round of a court battle against the AFL Players Association.

Gold Coast Suns players deny any involvement in drugs scandal

Jon Pierik Gold Coast Suns players maintain they are not implicated in the cocaine sting that has engulfed south-east Queensland.

Leigh Matthews says 'look' of AFL has changed for the worse

Leigh Matthews

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...

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Nine AFL clubs cleared but WorkCover probe into Essendon, AFL continues

The probe into Essendon continues.

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.

GWS given extra $3.25 million by AFL

GWS Giants chairman Tony Shepherd with coach Leon Cameron.

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.

AFL umpires to crack down on holding the ball and blocking marks

Mark Evans said umpires had been too lenient early last year.

Jon Pierik Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.