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.

Stewart Crameri likely to sit out pre-season matches, say Western Bulldogs

Stewart Crameri.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club has worked diligently to ensure Stewart Crameri's "emotional and physical well-being" has remained strong amid the stress of dealing with the...

GWS Giants confident Jeremy Cameron will re-sign

The Giants are confident of keeping Jeremy Cameron.

Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney are confident star forward Jeremy Cameron will re-sign, and are also expected to get in early to extend the contract of skipper Callan Ward.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says scoring on the wane

Luke Hodge celebrates a goal with Isaac Smith duuring last year's grand final.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has brushed aside concerns about a drop in scoring across the league, reminding supporters that the game quickly evolves.

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos says father-son plan is too complicated

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says it's time to revert to the original father-son system, that the plan to introduce a new bidding structure is almost discouraging what was one of the charms of the game.

Carlton youngster Patrick Cripps ready to forge happy memories

Patrick Cripps poses during Carlton's recent camp at Mt Buller.

Jon Pierik Patrick Cripps was delighted to be on the end of a handball for his first touch as a senior footballer last season, but it was his second that really stuck in the mind of the emerging Carlton...

Blues win gate-sharing deal over Tigers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17:  Mitch Robinson of the Blues kicks the ball for a goal past Daniel Jackson of the Tigers during the round 21 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik The four points may still be up for grabs but Carlton has had an early win over Richmond, revealing they will pocket the gate receipts from the season-opening blockbuster at the MCG.

Hawthorn still driven by finals pain, says captain Luke Hodge

Pre-season training at Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has revealed the pain of finals defeats in 2011 and 2012 still lingers, driving the Hawks towards what the club hopes will be a historic "three-peat".

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge no guarantee to play on in 2016

Luke Hodge averaged 25 disposals last season - the second-highest return of his career.

Jon Pierik Still considered the league's ultimate general, Luke Hodge admits there is no guarantee he will play on beyond this year, with his form in the back half of the season to shape his - and Hawthorn's -...

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Demons' blueprint outlines plan to return to finals in 2016

AFL Melbourne v Hawthorn at the MCG.Melbourne ceo Peter Jackson. 2nd of June 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jon Pierik Tired of troubles on and off the field, Melbourne has unveiled a three-year blueprint detailing how the Demons want to return to the finals next year and reconnect with their heartland.

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James Hird's legal fight could have cost more than $1 million

The Essendon coach will need $100,000 just to launch a hearing.

Jon Pierik James Hird's legal fight is estimated to have cost him more than $1 million, as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority reaches a crucial juncture in its case against 34 Essendon players.

Paul Roos laments the 'sad' Bombers' saga

Paul Roos says suggestions of a divide between the coaches and James Hird have been exaggerated.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos has bemoaned that the Essendon supplements saga has become a "sad" and "accepted" part of the football landscape, as the start of the new season threatens to be...

Heritier Lumumba added to Melbourne Demons leadership group

Stand-alone skipper Nathan Jones.

Jon Pierik Melbourne captain Nathan Jones has declared it's time for the Demons to again become a "great club".

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Hird needs $100,000 to launch High Court appeal

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik James Hird, back at Essendon after a quick trip abroad, would need to find $100,000 just to launch a High Court appeal and must then be prepared to wait another year for a judgment.

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Carlton's Levi Casboult hopes to get a kick along

Levi Casboult is looking to have a greater impact up forward.

Jon Pierik A detailed off-season kicking program has power forward Levi Casboult confident he will pose a greater threat inside attacking 50 for Carlton this season.

Chris Judd could play on in 2016, say Blues

Batting on: Chris Judd enjoys a game of table tennis during the Blues' Mount Buller camp.

Jon Pierik Carlton believe Chris Judd's playing career could extend beyond this season if the champion midfielder has a "good year".

Two years on, key decisions remain to be made in Essendon supplements saga

Paul Little:

Jon Pierik It's been arguably the most emotional – and polarising – of issues in AFL history, and it will be two years on Thursday since the Essendon supplements scandal officially broke.

Carlton lay out the blueprint for success

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is proud of the players’ pre-season efforts.

Jon Pierik When Carlton's players and coaches gathered in a circle on Mount Buller's summit this week, they reiterated what the focus of the pre-season had been.

Essendon supplements saga: James Hird loses Federal Court appeal

James Hird has lost a Federal Court appeal against the joint AFL/ASADA investigation.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority re-affirmed that it must work closely with key sporting bodies after James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court failed on Friday.

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Supplements saga: What is today's Federal Court decision about?


Jon Pierik What: James Hird's appeal in the Federal Court. Hird lost his initial case before Justice John Middleton against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Carlton's Andrew Walker slowly on the mend in comeback from knee surgery

Andrew Walker

Jon Pierik Carlton has revealed rebounding half-back Andrew Walker is recovering slowly from knee surgery but remain hopeful he will play in the NAB Challenge.