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.

AFL

Paul Roos signed as Melbourne coach for two seasons

Paul Roos signs to coach Demons.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has completed a coaching coup, with Paul Roos to lead the club for at least the next two seasons.

Voss keen for job as assistant coach

Jon Pierik He may no longer have been coach, but Michael Voss would have pocketed a financial bonus had Brisbane made the finals under caretaker chief Mark Harvey.

Football

Beware the Tigers: Voss

Michael Voss

Jon Pierik Michael Voss, one of the greatest players in AFL finals history, has declared Richmond can do some damage in its first September campaign in 12 years, providing the Tigers manage their emotions.

Football

Egos put aside for finals tilt

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says teammates learning to not take criticism personally has helped them develop and hopefully launch a successful September campaign.

AFL

Star Tiger's vote against the umpires

Geoff Raines

Jon Pierik One memory from 1980 still rankles with champion centreman Geoff Raines.

AFL

Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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AFL

Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.

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AFL

Richmond dares to dream

Veteran Richmond defender Chris Newman has known more than many what it feels like to be idle in September.

Jon Pierik Tigers legend Francis Bourke wants success for his three-year-old grandson.

AFL

Teammate pushes case for Alan Didak

Alan Didak

Jon Pierik Heath Shaw puts forward the case why Alan Didak should play against Port.

AFL

Swans' tall order to re-sign tall timber

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik Sydney will head into the finals with two of its key big men still out of contract.

AFL

Franklin may be sidelined for at least one final

Lance Franklin celebrates with teammates after the game against Sydney.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says his club will put faith in its routine defence.

AFL

Critics question Roos' $1.5m deal

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Paul Roos indicates he is almost ready to coach and help orchestrate a major rebuild.

AFL

Jeff Garlett omitted over off-field misdemeanour

Jeff Garlett

Jon Pierik Jeff Garlett will return against Port Adelaide with Blues' finals "destiny" still in their own hands.

AFL

Roos '50-50' on coaching return

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Melbourne's hopes of securing prized signature of Paul Roos given a major boost.

Roos '50-50' on coaching return

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Melbourne's hopes of securing the prized signature of Paul Roos have been given a major boost, with the former Swans premiership coach indicating a heightened interest in the role.

AFL

Carlton 'mini-final' against Port Adelaide to prove players' credentials

Jon Pierik While Carlton's primary aim against Port Adelaide on Saturday will be to win, and take Essendon's spot in the finals, there is also more at stake for the Blues.

Motlop to join indigenous squad for tour of Ireland

Jon Pierik Geelong star Steven Motlop is set to be one of the headline acts when the AFL finalises its all-indigenous team for the International Rules Series tour of Ireland in October.

Focus shifts to Bock and Demons

Nathan Bock

Jon Pierik Investigators from the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority are set to turn their attention to the Melbourne Football Club and Gold Coast player Nathan Bock now Essendon has been...

AFL

Far north shaping up for the big league

Liam Anthony of the Kangaroos gets a handball away despite being tackled by Rory Thompson of the Suns during a NAB Cup match between Gold Coast and North Melbourne at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.

Jon Pierik AFL takes first steps towards having a club from north Queensland join the big league.

AFL

Hird will be seen again

Paul Little addresses the media on Tuesday night.

Jon Pierik Essendon is already in deep negotiations with James Hird to return to the top role.

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