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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood forward Jesse White is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after injuring himself at training.
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...
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...
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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood is dealing with another injury concern, after forward Jesse White was sent for scans on an ankle.
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.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will resume pressing its case against 34 current and former Essendon footballers on Monday.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood has sent Ben Reid to Germany in a bid to solve his soft-tissue problems.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...