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.

Stem cell treatment new frontier

Patients may be able to use their own stem cells to grown organs.

Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has approached sports scientists and doctors, including those at AFL clubs, spruiking contentious ''frontier'' stem cell treatment to help players recover from...

Lawyer backs club's decision

St Kilda

Jon Pierik A former external lawyer for the AFL Players Association says a decision for Stephen Milne to take leave of absence makes ''commercial and common sense''.

AFL urged to adopt coach trade


Jon Pierik The manager of basketball star Andrew Bogut says the natural evolution of the AFL could eventually allow senior coaches under contract to follow the American model and be traded to another club for...


Three jobs could become available

Neil Craig

Jon Pierik While Melbourne has an open field of coaching talent to pick from, that could change as the fate of Brisbane's Michael Voss and West Coast Eagles premiership coach John Worsfold remains unclear.

Voss denies links to Neeld's woes

Brisbane coach Michael Voss

Jon Pierik He doesn't think it has any bearing on his position but Brisbane coach Michael Voss says Mark Neeld's axing by Melbourne shows the importance of results in the AFL.


Craig ponders putting up hand for Demons job

Neil Craig

Jon Pierik Having declared he was finished as a senior coach after leaving Adelaide, Neil Craig has changed tack and says he will use the next 11 weeks to decide whether he wants to apply for the Melbourne role.


Experience the key

Rodney Eade

Jon Pierik Mark Williams and Rodney Eade have emerged as leading candidates to become coach of Melbourne, as the hapless club begins yet another rebuild.

Demons must develop the 'Melbourne Way': Cats

Melbourne Football Club

Jon Pierik The man instrumental in turning Geelong into a power on and off the field says the Demons must first develop a "Melbourne Way" blueprint if they are to emerge as a force in the AFL.


Tigers boss bares his claws

Gary March

Jon Pierik Richmond president Gary March has lashed his Hawthorn and Collingwood counterparts.


Tigers honour famous quartet

Ian Stewart

Jon Pierik One of Richmond's biggest trades in VFL-AFL history given further justification on Saturday.


Blues raise doubtful calls with umpires

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton wants clarification from umpires' department after contentious decisions on Friday night.


Kennett doubts Freeman can help

Jeff Kennett

Jon Pierik Jeff Kennett says Melbourne is in need of an urgent cultural overhaul, and has questioned whether fellow presidential candidate Geoff Freeman really wants the top job.


Clubs 'delighted' with new teams

Tom Scully of the Giants challenges Aaron Hall of the Suns.

Jon Pierik Andrew Demetriou says rival clubs are 'absolutely delighted' with the progress of the Suns and GWS.


AFL awaiting Jurrah

Liam Jurrah.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah will be welcomed back into the AFL once he has served his jail sentence.


Dons may get probe result in six weeks

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik Andrew Demetriou says the extent of the Essendon supplements scandal could be known in six weeks.

Ex-chief warns of spending on new markets

Ian Collins

Jon Pierik Former AFL powerbroker Ian Collins says the league is losing money and dividing fans with its investment in smaller markets.

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GWS bleeding AFL coffers: Collins

Ian Collins.

Jon Pierik Former AFL powerbroker Ian Collins says the league is losing money and dividing fans with its huge investment in smaller markets.


Drugs inquiry 'extraordinarily confronting': Tim Watson

Tim Watson

Jon Pierik As questions emerged whether Essendon's supplements program could have an impact on players' fertility, Bombers great Tim Watson, the father of club captain Jobe, says the drugs inquiry into a...


Buckley denies power play by stars is dividing Magpies

Nathan Buckley and senior Magpies

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised his senior players and denied the so-called Brat Pack is involved in a power play, declaring his entire list understands there are "non-negotiables" to...

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Scare on baby Bombers


Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The impact of Essendon's supplements program on the players' fertility has come under question as a result of the joint inquiry being run by the AFL and ASADA.

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