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

Dale Thomas confident of fresh start at Carlton

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas says he has endured a "tough couple of years" at Collingwood but looks forward to reinvigorating his career at Carlton next season.

AFL

Medal for Gibson

A prominent jumper was missing from the row put up for auction at the Hawthorn best and fairest on Saturday - Lance Franklin's well-known No 23.

Jon Pierik Superb finals campaign helps defender emerge as surprise winner in best-and-fairest count.

AFL

Hawks stay upbeat despite star's move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn is confident it will eventually benefit from free agency.

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AFL

Betts denies Malthouse rift

Eddie Betts

Jon Pierik Carlton small forward says decision to quit and join Adelaide Crows was family oriented.

AFL

Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.

AFL

Tigress steps in to calm the den

New Richmond president Peggy O'Neal.

Mark Hawthorne and Jon Pierik Richmond quick to trumpet news of Peggy O'Neal's ascendancy to the AFL club's presidency.

AFL

Buddy will buy into culture: Bolton

Buddy Franklin.

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods' culture.

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Bolton confident Buddy won't pay for his $10m price tag

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player Jude Bolton is confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods culture - provided the club's free agency offer is approved by the AFL.

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AFL

Petrie hopeful Dal Santo becomes a 'Roo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie said a face-to-face meeting with Nick Dal Santo had been productive and remained hopeful the St Kilda midfielder would shift clubs.

AFL

Saints reassure Watters after sacking 'joke'

St Kilda coach Scott Watters.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson St Kilda forced to reassure coach his job was safe after claim by former long-serving Saints president.

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AFL

Setback for Sydney TV market

AFL TV

Jon Pierik Media analyst Steve Allen says Franklin's call to turn to Sydney over GWS will hurt the AFL's bid to crack the Sydney television market.

AFL

Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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AFL investigates Buddy's nine-year $10m deal

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik League to launch investigation into Hawk's proposed move to Sydney, who are believed to offered $10m over nine years.

AFL

AFL a leap of faith for promising US hoops

Jon Pierik Growing up near Chicago, Jason Holmes' older brother would often rib his sibling over why he didn't share as much passion for American football.

AFL

Talking shop

Leigh Montagna.

Jon Pierik Star St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna could be on his way out of the club as he weighs up the prospect of on-field success elsewhere.

AFL

Hawthorn sweating on Franklin and Bailey

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus naturally remains on Lance Franklin, a medical examination of ruckman Max Bailey's knees will be a factor in whether the Hawks vigorously pursue another ruckman.

Sewell sure Hawks have learnt lesson

Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the Hawks will be better equipped in 2014 to challenge for back-to-back flags.

AFL

Franklin ready to reveal his next move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Lance Franklin was given a rousing reception by Hawthorn fans as players and coaches gathered on Sunday to celebrate the club's grand final victory, with the dual premiership winner to decide in days...

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AFL

Hawthorn pick up pace to keep Clarkson out of reach of rivals

Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn open negotiations with Alastair Clarkson and could even re-sign him through the summer.

AFL

Winning farewell: Buddy Franklin on move?

Lance Franklin

Samantha Lane and Jon Pierik There was a distinct air of resignation in the victorious Hawthorn dressingroom on Saturday night.