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 Essendon chairman Paul Little has defended the performance of his board amid another tumultuous year, as voting opens for two vacant positions.
Jon Pierik While the Western Bulldogs ultimately hope Tom Boyd will be their power forward panacea, new skipper Bob Murphy has moved to ensure expectations, at least for the time being, remain reserved.
Jon Pierik Bob Murphy says he felt "compelled" to accept the Western Bulldogs captaincy.
Jon Pierik and Patrick Bartley Victoria Police has revealed it is keen to strengthen anti-corruption and intelligence-gathering measures with the AFL, having announced tougher information-sharing measures with Racing Victoria.
Jon Pierik Lawyers for the 34 Essendon players facing anti-doping bans have reached out to former Essendon fitness boss Dean Robinson to help clear their names.
Jon Pierik St Kilda approached Fremantle player management boss Brad Lloyd to be its new head of football but he has rejected the offer.
Jon Pierik Channel Seven has added to its bulging sports portfolio by securing the rights to the VFL for the next two seasons, and will link its Saturday broadcast with its AFL coverage.
Jon Pierik A stunning split has emerged among the ranks of the 34 former and current Essendon players charged with being administered a banned peptide.
Jon Pierik The AFL is expected to argue the anti-doping tribunal case involving 34 current and former Essendon players be open, placing the league at odds with the AFL Players Association.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne football chief Chris Connolly has emerged as a candidate to head up St Kilda's football operations.
Jon Pierik Stephen Silvagni remains the firm favourite to become Carlton's new list manager after Greater Western Sydney confirmed his departure.
Jon Pierik St Kilda great Danny Frawley has turned his back on an offer from Hawthorn and will join St Kilda as a part-time coach working with the team's defenders.
Jon Pierik Confusion now surrounds Hawthorn's announcement on Friday that Danny Frawley would join the club, with the popular media commentator now contemplating a move to St Kilda.
Jon Pierik The 34 former and current Essendon players issued with infraction notices want their cases to be heard behind closed doors.
Jon Pierik Coaches say they are open to suggestions how to improve the on-field spectacle after the average number of goals dipped to a 15-year low.
Jon Pierik Exciting Richmond midfielder Brandon Ellis has declared the Tigers are still "burning" from their stinging elimination final loss to Port Adelaide.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and good friend Danny Frawley have banished the memories of a turbulent year, with Frawley rejoining the Hawks as a part-time coach.
Jon Pierik New Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says it is with a sense of nostalgia that he has returned to the Whitten Oval.
Jon Pierik Geelong's off-field restructure has continued with the Cats snaring the Wallabies strength and conditioning coach, and Cameron Ling returning in a consultant role.
Jon Pierik St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has challenged Jack Steven to again emerge as one of the league's premier midfielders.