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.

Cats supremo Colin Carter wants wealth tax scrapped

Shocked: Geelong president Colin Carter.

Jon Pierik Thirty years after he completed a strategic review of the then struggling VFL, Geelong president Colin Carter has expressed major concerns about the style of play clubs have embraced and has...

Injury blow for emerging Hawthorn midfielder

Will Langford.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Will Langford is battling a knee injury and could be sidelined for the rest of the home-and-away season.

Carlton on the hunt for a coach to 'lead and develop'


Jon Pierik Carlton have been assessing prospective senior coaches boasting the skill to "lead and develop", with the Blues expecting to appoint their new coach late next month.

International Champions Cup soccer deal leaves AFL fixture off-side

Dazzling: Cristiano Ronaldo at the MCG last week.

Jon Pierik The AFL's ability to retain the hearts and minds of the Victorian sporting public in mid-winter will be tested after the state government secured a three-year contract extension to host soccer's...

AFL technology putting goal umpires out of business?

Umpiring boss Wayne Campbell.

Jon Pierik The goal umpires and their waving of the white flags have long been part of the theatre of the AFL, but increasingly sophisticated goal-line technology could eventually may mean they are no longer...

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan backs Lewis Jetta's war dance, calls for end to Adam Goodes' booing

Gillon McLachlan has backed Lewis Jetta's actions.

Jon Pierik, Claire Siracusa Lewis Jetta's father was so offended by the taunts Adam Goodes endured in Perth on Sunday that he expressed his concerns directly to Gillon McLachlan.

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Pssst: Mathew Stokes not yet extinguished

Mathew Stokes wants to go on.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny A veteran Cat wants to play on, a Bomber contract hangs in the air, while questions surround North Melbourne milestone men.

High-flying Hawks embrace a 'grind 'em down' mentality

Jon Pierik Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell has revealed the Hawks have adopted a relentless attitude as their surge towards a three-peat of premierships gathers ominous momentum.

Carlton coach John Barker says record loss was a 'tough night at the office'

Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker admitted it was a "tough night at the office" as his hopes of securing the top job permanently were hampered by a club record losing margin.

Hawthorn star Sam Mitchell shrugs off Wayne Carey jibe

Sam Mitchell embraces 200 gamer Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik Sam Mitchell has joked he will have to work on his speed after Wayne Carey claimed the Hawthorn great would struggle to win a spot in another side.

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Hawthorn's record win over Carlton a 'PR and television disaster'

Too good: The Hawks celebrate one of many goals.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn would have enjoyed its record 138-point win, prominent commentator Luke Darcy labelled the non-competitive clash against Carlton as a "public relations and television disaster".

Suspended Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe to learn fate soon

Josh Thomas

Jon Pierik Collingwood expects provisionally suspended pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe will have a clearer indication of their immediate future within weeks.

Injury-hit Collingwood forced to 'cobble' together a forward line

Forward thinking: Magpies coach Nathan Buckley and his assistants will need to devise a new-look forward structure to take on the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies will need to "cobble up" a restructured forward line capable of hurting the Western Bulldogs in the absence of two of his prime operators.

Tom Liberatore back training with the Bulldogs

Tom Liberatore.

Jon Pierik As the Western Bulldogs prepare for a major clash against Collingwood, midfielder Tom Liberatore has returned to the club, with his focus on continuing to rehabilitate his reconstructed knee.

Cats veteran Steve Johnson may play on next year for Geelong

Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong champion Steve Johnson says he is adjusting to a new role in the team but insists his fitness is improving as the season unfolds, and he has not ruled out playing on next year.

ASADA urges Stephen Dank to front appeal hearing

Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik Having been thwarted at previous attempts to interview Stephen Dank, Australia's anti-doping body has declared it looks forward to such an opportunity now the former Essendon sports scientist has...

Fremantle confirm Carlton have approached Simon Lloyd over coaching position

 Simon Lloyd

Jon Pierik Carlton caretaker coach John Barker says he is unconcerned about speculation over who will win the top job permanently, as Fremantle confirmed the Blues had approached Dockers assistant coach Simon...

Brent Harvey's milestone match to be a family affair

Kangaroo Brent Harvey is about to join the 400 club.

Jon Pierik Brent Harvey's father will present his son with his North Melbourne guernsey for the night as the Kangaroos look to celebrate a 400th-match milestone - and slay a decade-long losing record.

Review to consider deadline for off-contract AFL coaches

Jon Pierik The AFL Coaches Association is working towards introducing a more defined deadline to help provide greater clarity for coaches coming out of contract.

Stephen Dank to appeal AFL lifetime ban

Banned for life: Stephen Dank.

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements saga, has appealed his lifetime ban by the AFL anti-doping tribunal.