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 North Melbourne great Glenn Archer appears almost certain to join the Kangaroos as a board director despite not being elected at Wednesday night's annual general meeting.
Jon Pierik At a time when many experienced players are opting to drop weight in a bid to keep up with the modern, hard-running game, there's one man who has adopted a different method.
Jon Pierik Football's spy game has caused a great divide, with bickering clubs on the verge of terminating a gentleman's agreement designed to prevent spying. ensure fairness among all parties.
Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has been elected the new president of the AFL Players Association, replacing the retired Luke Ball.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association was seeking answers from the AFL over the handling of the Ryan Crowley drugs charge, as the league came under fire for its delay in holding an anti-doping hearing.
Jon Pierik Ryan Crowley's provisional suspension for taking a banned substance has raised debate over the type of painkillers players should be allowed to take.
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.
Jon Pierik Carlton forward Lachie Henderson is focused on playing ''good consistent'' football before opening serious contract negotiations with the Blues.
Jon Pierik The AFL has agreed for its players to log weekly on a mobile phone application the supplements they are given by their club.
Jon Pierik Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel, who is off contract this season, is in no hurry to open contract negotiations with the Cats.
Jon Pierik Former Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell says Nathan Buckley is well aware coaching is a "results" business but does not believe the Magpies need to make the finals this season to keep...
Jon Pierik Steve Johnson left Simonds Stadium on crutches on Saturday but the Cats insist he only corked a calf in his return to action via the VFL.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has suggested Essendon counterpart Paul Little has an eye on succession planning after announcing two new board directors.
Jon Pierik After his cobbled-together side was beaten by St Kilda on Saturday, James Hird was asked whether the AFL had been over officious in banning six players from match simulation on Friday.
Jon Pierik Geelong is confident Steve Johnson will have enough time to be match fit for the season-opening blockbuster against Hawthorn despite ruling the mercurial forward out of this week's NAB Challenge...
Jon Pierik AFL coaches are split over the future of the substitute rule, and will leave it to the AFL to determine whether it remains once the season is done.
Jon Pierik Former Victorian sports minister, and Melbourne great, Brian Dixon has approached the AFL in a bid to intensify the league's international aspirations.
Jon Pierik The AFL is a leader in many aspects of professional Australian sport, whether it be in off-field issues, or simply in stability at club level.
Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter has called for an overhaul of the AFL's international agenda, declaring it's time the league assiduously worked to expand a code which has only a stronghold on "a few...
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse is expected to return to work this week and take charge of the Blues when they face Collingwood in the second round of the NAB Challenge.