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.

Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince urges teammates to run

Bernie Vince is back in full training

Jon Pierik While the Demons may be in fine fiddle completing their running drills over the pre-season, veteran midfielder Bernie Vince knows it will count for little unless he and his teammates can transfer...

Magpies send Reid to Germany for treatment

Ben Reid managed just the four matches last season, having endured hamstring, calf and quad issues.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood has sent Ben Reid to Germany in a bid to solve his soft-tissue problems.

Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince back on deck

Bernie Vince is back in full training.

Jon Pierik Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince has resumed full training for the first time since shoulder surgery, as the Demons prepare to ramp up preparations for the new season.

ASADA subpoena bid could widen scope of investigation beyond Essendon

Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik A decision to subpoena Stephen Dank's private companies has sparked suggestions the anti-doping body may also be on the hunt for athletes who have bought products from the architect of the Essendon...

ASADA declares: Bring on the AFL tribunal hearing

Ben McDevitt

Jon Pierik Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has declared his lawyers are ready to prosecute their case against Essendon, regardless of whether his two key witnesses appear before the AFL Tribunal.

Essendon players fear delay to AFL anti-doping tribunal

Jon Pierik Amid the latest legal stoush, the Essendon players caught up in the supplements drama have reiterated they want the AFL anti-doping tribunal to begin as slated.

Stephen Dank to give evidence at anti-doping tribunal

Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal, will attempt to end the debate over his controversial injecting program when he fronts the AFL anti-doping tribunal.

'I have been bashed, received death threats': Essendon drug saga key witness Shane Charter

Shane Charter

Jon Pierik The key witness in the anti-doping case against Essendon claims he has been bashed and received death threats, and has urged authorities to subpoena Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the...

ASADA case against Essendon hits critical point

Sherrin footy

Jon Pierik The case against 34 current and former Essendon players faces a critical juncture on Wednesday when lawyers for the nation's anti-doping governing body seek to compel their two star witnesses to give...

New Blue Clem Smith channels Byron Pickett's toughness

Sherrin footy

Jon Pierik While tweeting teammate Blaine Boekhorst has already made an impression on Carlton, fellow draftee Clem Smith hopes to soon do so - and it won't be via social media.

Where things stand in ASADA's case against Essendon


Jon Pierik Where are we at in the anti-doping case that ASADA has brought against 34 current and former Essendon players?

ASADA case against Essendon players hanging by a thread

The case against Essendon is in jeopardy

Jon Pierik The anti-doping case against 34 former and current Essendon players is under enormous pressure, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority set to head to the Supreme Court in a bid to have...

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Life's 'Tweet' for new Blue Blaine Boekhorst

New Blues: Clem Smith, Blaine Boekhorst, Jayden Foster and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow.

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.

Collective bargaining agreement: Marsh declares AFL players are underpaid

Jon Pierik

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.

Pratt family tips in $1.3 million for the Blues

Sherrin footy

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.

AFL clubs and Gillon McLachlan to meet to discuss financial pain

Gillon McLachlan will hear from concerned club chiefs.

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.

Chris Dawes declares young Demon Jesse Hogan a round-one debutant

Jesse Hogan in Melbourne colours has been an unfamiliar sight.

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.

Wayne Carey puts spotlight on forwards as the AFL considers crackdown on illegal blocks

Wayne Carey ...

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.

Cats coach Chris Scott says Mitch Clark a 'long way' from being a consistent force

Geelong coach Chris Scott.

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.

Paul Little says Bombers' board has performed 'exceptionally well'

Paul Little is facing opposition at next month's Essendon AGM.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the performance of his board amid another tumultuous year, as voting opens for two vacant positions.