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.

Stokes hungry for Chapman clash

AFL  Football-Gold Coast Suns v Geelong at the Carrara  Stadium on the Gold Coast, Saturday May 28, 2011. Mathew Stokes and Paul Chapman (R) THE AGE SPORT. Pictures by STEVE HOLLAND.

Jon Pierik Mathew Stokes can't wait to niggle the 'angry old man'


New Don's midnight deal

Jon Pierik Shaun Edwards learnt of his trade to Essendon in the middle of the night.

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Shaun Edwards looks towards familiar surrounds to restart career at Essendon

Shaun Edwards

Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney youngster Shaun Edwards was the centre of a bidding war between Esssendon and Adelaide but chose to return to the familiar surrounds of Melbourne.


Coach vouches for the bonding in the booze

Listen up: Coach Michael O'Loughlin talks to his team.

Jon Pierik Australian international rules coach Michael O'Loughlin has defended his players over a boozy night out.


Drinking session was about team bonding: O'Loughlin

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik Australian international rules coach Michael O'Loughlin has defended his players over their boozy night out, declaring a session which lasted until after 5am was all about team bonding.


International rules players pulled up after drunken night out

Australian players line up before the first International rules game against Ireland in Cavan on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Drunken night out ends with Australian players hauled before team management.

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Geelong star Steven Motlop still in pain over missing grand final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Steven Motlop of the Cats celebrates after scoring a goal during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Motlop reveals the pain of losing a week earlier to Hawthorn was too much.

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With no Franklin, Ryder the big hope to spark struggling Indigenous team

Paddy Ryder

Jon Pierik With Lance Franklin now gone, Australia is hoping Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder can join the team in Ireland this week to help revive their International Rules Series hopes.

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Australians hope Ryder can replace Franklin in Ireland

Ireland's Colm Boyle tries to get the ball off Leroy Jetta of Australia during the International rules match on Saturday.

Jon Pierik With Lance Franklin now gone, Australia is hoping Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder can join the team in Ireland this week to help revive its international rules series.


International rules: Australia beaten by Ireland in series opener

The Australian war cry.

Jon Pierik Australia had been urged to bring a "razzle dazzle" style to its opening international rules Test, but it was Ireland who shone after a 22-point victory.

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Yarran over a fit of the blues

On the ball: Chris Yarran in full flight during the international rules team's practice match at Parnell Park in Dublin.

Jon Pierik The forward's frustrations of last season, triggered by injury, are now behind him.


Franklin jets in for a touch of Irish rules


Jon Pierik After a heady fortnight, Lance Franklin has declared he is ready to focus on his next assignment.


Tackling pressure to be a pre-season focus for North Melbourne

Daniel Wells

Jon Pierik Star playmaker Daniel Wells says the Kangaroos will work to improve their tackling and intensity.

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Later-starter Franklin overlooked for honour

Nathan Lovett-Murray, Daniel Wells and Michael O'Loughlin (coach) of the International Rules team visit the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park in Dublin on Monday.

Jon Pierik, Dublin North Melbourne star Daniel Wells to captain, with Aaron Davey his deputy.

Ailing International Rules concept faces review

The Australian International Rules team during a training session at Croke Park on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Gaelic Athletic Association president Liam O'Neill has revealed the future of the International Rules series will be reviewed once this current campaign is over, with scheduling one area for debate.


Cats move on after the goodbyes: Stokes

Mathew Stokes

Jon Pierik Veteran hopeful succession planning will ensure Cats remain premiership contenders.

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Geelong star backs indigenous concept

Mathew Stokes marks the ball during an International Rules training session last week.

Jon Pierik Mathew Stokes admits it's only fair all players can take part in international rules series.

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Hybrid game at the crossroads

Australian International Rules Team training.

Jon Pierik Irish convert Tadhg Kennelly has called on the Gaelic Athletic Association to get more serious in its handling of the International Rules series.

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Aussies told to use 'razzle dazzle' in International Rules series

Adam Goodes and Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik As the Australians attempted to shrug off their jet lag with a light run in Dublin, they have been told to adopt a 'razzle dazzle' style in a bid to reclaim international bragging rights.

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Dons star may go to Ireland

Patrick Ryder

Jon Pierik Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder could be a late inclusion for Australia's international rules tour of Ireland, potentially replacing Lance Franklin.