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.

Training loads to increase, vows Collingwood fitness boss

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.

Magpies seek help from US on injuries

Eddie McGuire claims this year's fixture would cost the Magpies about $1 million in revenue.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has revealed the Magpies have sought out soft-tissue experts from the National Hockey League and college basketball programs in the US in a bid to end what he says...

Secret document highlights importance of Essendon interviews

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Jon Pierik The importance of interviews that Essendon players gave about the club's supplements program has been highlighted in a confidential document the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority showed AFL...

WorkCover health and safety probe into AFL clubs on hold

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik An investigation into alleged breaches of health and safety at 10 AFL clubs has slowed as the Victorian WorkCover Authority awaits a decision by the Federal Court into the Essendon supplements probe.

Hawthorn confident defender Brian Lake will be fit for finals

An injured Brian Lake leaves the MCG on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maintains key defender Brian Lake has only corked his right hip and will be available to play in the Hawks' qualifying final next weekend.

Training program may have been 'over the top', says Nathan Buckley

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Jon Pierik As coach Nathan Buckley revealed the Magpies' long injury list may have been as a result of training players "to the edge and potentially over the top", the Collingwood faithful will have a chance to...

AFL commissioner Kim Williams backs league's handling of Essendon saga but slams Labor's role

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Jon Pierik AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor...

Magpies on notice over Tyson Goldsack

Jon Pierik Collingwood continues to face a fight to retain Tyson Goldsack, with Port Adelaide honing in on the talented forward.

Kangaroos would welcome uncontracted Waite

Jarrad Waite v Lachie Hansen in round 18:

Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.

Alastair Clarkson says Hawks to play at full throttle against Magpies

Cool runnings: Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury takes a breather at training on Wednesday.

Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.

Documents back AFL push to use interim report

Essendon.

Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.

Dane Swan a victim of underworld 'game', says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Toby Mitchell and Dane Swan.

Jon Pierik He does not have any proof but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Dane Swan could have been an unwitting victim of a "game" prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell is playing.

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Collingwood's Luke Ball to have his future decided in 'cold, hard light of day'

In the balance: Luke Ball.

Jon Pierik While Luke Ball believes he has enough "competitive juice" to play on next season, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said a decision on the future of the veteran midfielder will be made in the "cold,...

Blues consider adopting heritage jumper permanently

Pride in the jumper: Carlton may revert to its traditional strip.

Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has been quick to act at his new club, adopting a "fan-friendly" philosophy and investigating whether this year's heritage guernsey should become the permanent...

Mediation talks between Robinson, Essendon delayed

Dean Robinson is suing the Bombers for $2 million for unfair dismissal.

Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.

3AW a footy ratings winner

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Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.

Channel Ten expresses interest in 10-year AFL broadcast deal

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Jon Pierik Channel Ten has signalled its interest in bidding for the next AFL broadcast rights, even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement.

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Blues, Magpies could host Malthouse milestone match

Mick Malthouse: 709 games and counting.

Jon Pierik An already storied club rivalry could be set for another grand chapter with Collingwood firmly in the mix as Mick Malthouse's opponent when he breaks Jock McHale's record for most games as an VFL-AFL...

Consider Etihad Stadium for a Kangaroos final, says coach Brad Scott

Drew Petrie and Brad Scott after the round 22 win over the Crows on Saturday.

Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.

AFL approves stem-cell therapy treatment

Stem cell therapy.

Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.