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

Malcolm Blight pumps up Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy deal

Malcolm Blight

Jon Pierik Dual-premiership coach says the Hawks could win the flag again with Ben McEvoy.

AFL

The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.

AFL

Carlton getting closer to contract extension with skipper Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton moves to lock away captain Marc Murphy on a new long-term deal.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Melbourne star Nathan Jones is confident the new-look Dees will improve

Melbourne's Nathan Jones.

Jon Pierik Midfielder confident revamped training program will help Demons rebound this season.

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Michael Hurley says he feels 'at home' in defence

Reason to smile: Bomber Michael Hurley says he is enjoying life as a defender after spending most of his career as a forward.

Jon Pierik Bomber admits he struggled to read the play as a key forward.

AFL

Ex-Cats Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett give Dogs more

Matthew Scarlett and Cameron Mooney.

Jon Pierik Geelong premiership stars Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett have extended their coaching commitments with the Western Bulldogs, as the Dogs seek to build on last year's strong finish.

AFL

Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

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Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

AFL

Slimmed down Jack Riewoldt eyes centre half-forward

Jack Riewoldt

Jon Pierik Jack Riewoldt has dropped weight in a bid to play at centre half-forward this season.

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US rookie Jason Holmes keen to get a start with St Kilda

Jason Holmes.

Jon Pierik Basketball convert insists he will be ready to play senior football for this season.

AFL

Collingwood's Gary Pert fears AFL equalisation could have McDonald's effect

Gary Pert

Jon Pierik CEO cannot remember a time when more clubs were under financial stress.

AFL

Marc Murphy growing into leadership role

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper has taken more vocal lead in his second summer in charge.

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AFL: Relocation costs for indigenous players part of CBA review

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Jon Pierik Players will push for greater financial flexibility in helping indigenous players relocate.

AFL

Big plans for Greater Western Sydney's trio of Giants

Tom Boyd

Jon Pierik Tom Boyd confident he and fellow talls can work as a multi-pronged set-up.

AFL

Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

AFL

Jesse Hogan's training knee injury sends scare through Demons' camp

Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.

Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.

AFL

Buddy fantastic for Sydney Swans, says co-captain Jarrad McVeigh

Lance Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes.

Alex Nicholson, Jon Pierik Lance Franklin has made a 'fantastic' impression on his new Sydney teammates.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Wayne Carey the front-runner for key roles on Fox Footy and Seven

Wayne Carey

Jon Pierik and Patrick Bartley Former North Melbourne great emerges as favourite to claim two high-profile roles next season.

AFL

'Bali belly' strikes some senior Magpies

Dayne Beams.

Jon Pierik Midfielder Dayne Beams and centre-half forward Travis Cloke among those affected.