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 Carlton draftee Blaine Boekhorst hasn't had to wait long to be given a nickname that is likely to stick for some time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the performance of his board amid another tumultuous year, as voting opens for two vacant positions.
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.
Jon Pierik Bob Murphy says he felt "compelled" to accept the Western Bulldogs captaincy.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik St Kilda approached Fremantle player management boss Brad Lloyd to be its new head of football but he has rejected the offer.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne football chief Chris Connolly has emerged as a candidate to head up St Kilda's football operations.
Jon Pierik Stephen Silvagni remains the firm favourite to become Carlton's new list manager after Greater Western Sydney confirmed his departure.
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.
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.