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.

Injured Magpie Jesse White sidelined for three weeks

Jon Pierik Collingwood forward Jesse White is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after injuring himself at training.

Chris Judd as sharp as ever, says Michael Jamison

Looking good: Chris Judd has been impressive at Princes Park training this pre-season.

Jon Pierik The pre-season brings with it many declarations that players are "flying" on the training track. But when it comes to Carlton, it's clear Chris Judd - despite what already will be a Hall of Fame...

ASADA calls in medical expert in Essendon case

Jon Pierik Lawyers for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have called in a medical expert to help prosecute their case, alleging Essendon players were administered a banned drug as part of the 2012...

AFL players set sights on broadcast rights bonanza

Luke Ball hopes the threat of taxes will continue to even out the competition.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association president Luke Ball says the union will soon turn its attention to securing a slice of an expected broadcast rights bonanza, a move that already has club chiefs nervous.

Hocking, White suffer injury setbacks but Maric on the rise

A little bit sore: Jesse White.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is dealing with another injury concern, after forward Jesse White was sent for scans on an ankle.

Demons have expectations in check, says new recruit Angus Brayshaw

No stress: Angus Brayshaw says the focus has been on getting fit, learning the game plan and improving.

Jon Pierik Angus Brayshaw says the Demons have deliberately shied away from heaping expectations on to their young brigade, as the club continues to morph its way into again being a consistent competitive force.

ASADA, Bombers hearing to resume on Monday

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will resume pressing its case against 34 current and former Essendon footballers on Monday.

A strong year and an even AFL competition please: Gillon McLachlan

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik and Madeleine Heffernan AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has revealed club memberships are up about 10 per cent from this time last year, as the league looks to banish memories of a tough 2014.

Can your team's AFL veterans keep on kicking?

Having learnt a harsh lesson about playing when injured last year, Dane Swan is determined not to waste another season

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane As the pre-season summer slog resumes and the intensity of training rises, many of the game's elder statesmen may be beginning to wonder whether this is their last campaign - either through receiving...

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Thomas hasn't missed a beat as Blues set 'lofty goals'

Working hard: Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas is relishing joining in full training, but Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett has revealed he won't join in full contact work until late next month.

Toovey, Moore on Magpies injury ward

Jon Pierik Collingwood may have overhauled its fitness and medical programs after a plethora of injuries last year but the Magpies again find themselves dealing with an early casualty ward.

Essendon star Dyson Heppell wants Bombers to have long-term success

Dyson Heppell looms as the likely next captain of Essendon.

Jon Pierik Future Essendon captain Dyson Heppell says the culture of the club, and an ambition for sustained success, were the key reasons for signing a lucrative five-year deal.

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...