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.

AFL

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley targets Gary Ablett and Gold Coast's star midfield

Jon Pierik Don't expect Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to make the same mistake he did last year - not tagging Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett.

AFL

James Hird attacks ASADA over rights and says show-cause notices are void

Suspended coach James Hird

Jon Pierik James Hird has claimed his legal team questioned the validity of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency before his interview in April last year and was not...

AFL

How AFL clubs handle assault cases

Stephen Milne arrives at court last year

Jon Pierik Incidents of alleged sexual assault and other serious off-field issues involving players have elicited a variety of responses from the AFL and its clubs.

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North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw charged with rape

AFL North Melbourne football training- Majak Daw. 14th of May 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Steve Butcher, Cameron Houston and Jon Pierik North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw has been charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.

AFL

Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

Healthy Alastair Clarkson back as coach of Hawthorn

Back to work: Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will return as Hawthorn coach against North Melbourne on Friday night, having been absent for five weeks because of illness.

AFL

Justin Koschitzke saw red at being forced to wear 'Kermit suit'

Justin Koschitzke walks off Etihad with fellow retirees Stephen Milne and Jason Blake

Jon Pierik Retired St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke has taken aim at former coach Scott Watters, declaring he was offended to have begun his final match as a substitute in the "Kermit suit".

James Hird may face cross-examination in court

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik James Hird could be called to give evidence and cross-examined in person in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority court case, potentially opening the door to more information about the club's...

AFL

Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley talks to Brent Macaffer during a training session.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

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Hird turns his focus to the AFL's Brett Clothier

Round one: Essendon chairman Paul Little reads a statement after the Bombers' opening gambit in the Federal Court on Friday.

Jon Pierik James Hird has turned his sights on AFL integrity unit investigator Brett Clothier in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority court case, with the suspended Essendon coach set to arrive home from...

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AFL and ASADA probes were separate, sports body claims

James Hird.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has claimed it and the AFL conducted ‘‘separate’’ probes into Essendon’s supplements program, as James Hird officially...

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Re-signed Chris Yarran wants Carlton united against Collingwood

Carlton's Chris Yarran has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Jon Pierik Having re-signed for a further two years, Carlton playmaker Chris Yarran says his team needs to make a statement against Collingwood on Sunday night, and has urged the Blues to embrace more of a team...

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Greg Swann favourite to become Lions' boss

Jon Pierik Former Carlton chief executive Greg Swann remains the favourite to become the Brisbane Lions' new chief executive, with formal presentations expected to begin within days.

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Essendon players: We don't want any part of Federal Court case

Distracted: Essendon players walk out for the game against Melbourne on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Lawyers for the Essendon players implicated in the supplements scandal have hit back at the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, declaring there is no reason why their clients should be involved...

AFL

Gillon McLachlan: ASADA has gathered 'a lot' of evidence since interim report was released

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has revealed the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has gathered "a lot" of evidence since ending its joint investigation with the AFL in August last year.

AFL

Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

AFL

Battlelines drawn as ASADA hits back at Bombers over injunction

Essendon.

Jon Pierik The divide between Essendon and ASADA has exploded, with the anti-doping body accusing the Bombers of trying to stall the investigation and even break ASADA's rules.

AFL

Brendon Gale wants Tigers to play 'exciting' footy

Richmond players leave the ground after another loss, this time to Sydney in round 14.

Jon Pierik Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale has turned the spotlight on coach Damien Hardwick to ensure an "exciting" brand of football as the Tigers deal with the financial fallout of a season gone wrong.

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Eddie McGuire blames ugly football on too many 'spuds'

Some untalented potatoes on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has blamed what appears to be an increasing amount of ugly football on clubs having too many untalented "spuds" because of the draft concessions given to expansion...

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The Essendon saga: where things sit

Essendon logo

Jon Pierik So, where do things stand in the Essendon supplements saga: