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.


Footscray Bulldogs return to Whitten Oval

Bulldogs players training at Whitten Oval earlier this year.

Jon Pierik Footscray Bulldogs will host Richmond, Northern Blues and Essendon at ground once feared by rivals.


Essendon and Robinson in dispute over who approached who

Dean Robinson.

Jon Pierik Two parties at loggerheads over who made initial contact with the other leading to Robinson's appointment.


Grant Birchall says Hawks have learnt from first grand final to stay at top

Grant Birchall

Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.


Bombers fined over pre-draft trials


Jon Pierik Essendon has been fined $20,000 - half of which is suspended - for trialling players without the required paperwork ahead of last month's AFL rookie draft.


AFL chief Andrew Demetriou warns Essendon players may still face infraction notices

Essend players.

Jon Pierik Anti-doping authority's investigation could yet leave players in trouble.


Focus on Hird but Bombers players the real victims

James Hird.

Jon Pierik Amid the allegations and consternation, the players are the forgotten party.


James Hird might still be targeted by ASADA

James Hird

Jon Pierik Former anti-doping chief Richard Ings maintains Essendon players will be issued with infraction notices, with James Hird's return as senior coach next year still attracting the attention of sports...


Greater Western Sydney must start to win: coach

Leon Cameron.

Jon Pierik GWS coach Leon Cameron has declared the struggling club 'needs to win' next season.


St Kilda newbies focus on fitness not coach

Josh Bruce

Jon Pierik St Kilda recruits insist not having a senior coach at this stage of the pre-season is not a problem.

International rules

All-Stars like under 13s in big loss: coach

Australia International rules team.

Jon Pierik Australians handed a record International rules series defeat by Ireland.

International rules

International rules: Australia suffers embarrassing series loss

Leroy Jetta.

Jon Pierik Indigenous All Stars demolished 116-37 - the 79-point defeat a record margin at Croke Park.

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International Rules

Irish series hangs in balance

Daniel Wells and Michael O'Loughlin.

Jon Pierik AFL's top players keen for the International rules series to continue.


Tuohy happy with the Blues

Zach Tuohy

Jon Pierik While retaining Ireland's hold on the international rules series is his immediate focus, Zach Tuohy is already thinking about where he thinks Carlton should be placed next season.


Goodes reveals extent of injury

Adam Goodes

Jon Pierik, in Dublin Adam Goodes has revealed he won’t start running until January as he recovers from a knee complaint.

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McGrath rapt with Matthews' role at Lions

Ashley McGrath

Jon Pierik Brisbane defender Ashley McGrath looking forward to Leigh Matthews restoring the "old culture".

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.

International Rules

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.