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 four points may still be up for grabs but Carlton has had an early win over Richmond, revealing they will pocket the gate receipts from the season-opening blockbuster at the MCG.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has revealed the pain of finals defeats in 2011 and 2012 still lingers, driving the Hawks towards what the club hopes will be a historic "three-peat".
Jon Pierik Still considered the league's ultimate general, Luke Hodge admits there is no guarantee he will play on beyond this year, with his form in the back half of the season to shape his - and Hawthorn's -...
Jon Pierik Tired of troubles on and off the field, Melbourne has unveiled a three-year blueprint detailing how the Demons want to return to the finals next year and reconnect with their heartland.
Jon Pierik James Hird's legal fight is estimated to have cost him more than $1 million, as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority reaches a crucial juncture in its case against 34 Essendon players.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos has bemoaned that the Essendon supplements saga has become a "sad" and "accepted" part of the football landscape, as the start of the new season threatens to be...
Jon Pierik Melbourne captain Nathan Jones has declared it's time for the Demons to again become a "great club".
Jon Pierik James Hird, back at Essendon after a quick trip abroad, would need to find $100,000 just to launch a High Court appeal and must then be prepared to wait another year for a judgment.
Jon Pierik A detailed off-season kicking program has power forward Levi Casboult confident he will pose a greater threat inside attacking 50 for Carlton this season.
Jon Pierik Carlton believe Chris Judd's playing career could extend beyond this season if the champion midfielder has a "good year".
Jon Pierik It's been arguably the most emotional – and polarising – of issues in AFL history, and it will be two years on Thursday since the Essendon supplements scandal officially broke.
Jon Pierik When Carlton's players and coaches gathered in a circle on Mount Buller's summit this week, they reiterated what the focus of the pre-season had been.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority re-affirmed that it must work closely with key sporting bodies after James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court failed on Friday.
Jon Pierik What: James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court. Hird lost his initial case before Justice John Middleton against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Jon Pierik Carlton has revealed rebounding half-back Andrew Walker is recovering slowly from knee surgery but remain hopeful he will play in the NAB Challenge.
Jon Pierik James Hird's hopes of having the infraction notices against 34 past and present Essendon players quashed will be decided on Friday when the Federal Court unveils its ruling.
Jon Pierik Carlton has made it clear players who strive for excellence will be respected and admired and no longer have the "mickey" taken out of them as the rejigged Blues seek greater accountability.
Jon Pierik The AFL could introduce live bidding during this year's national draft for father-son and academy selections if a proposal put to clubs on Tuesday is passed.
Jon Pierik A rejuvenated Dale Thomas says he hopes to again play a key role in the midfield as coach Mick Malthouse and the Blues set "lofty expectations" after a disappointing 2014 campaign.
Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams was issued with an on-the-spot fine for being drunk in a public place in Geelong on Sunday night.