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

St Kilda vows to win AFL premiership by 2020

Jon Pierik As St Kilda continues its rebuild on and off the field, the Saints have revealed their long-term vision, boldly guaranteeing their second premiership by 2020.

Saints will win flag by 2020

Jon Pierik As St Kilda continues its rebuild on and off the field, the Saints have revealed their long-term vision, boldly guaranteeing their second premiership by 2020.

AFL Players Association dismayed Essendon players still in limbo

AFLPA chief Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis says he is dismayed Essendon players remain in an invidious position over the supplements investigation.

Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

Nathan Buckley faces Collingwood injury concerns, and Tony Shaw comments

Collingwood captains, clockwise from back: Nick Maxwell, Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Buckley, Scott Burns, Tony Shaw, Peter Moore, Max Richardson, Des Tuddenham, Terry Waters.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the main training session on Wednesday will be crucial in determining whether key talls Ben Reid and Jesse White line up in the season opener Fremantle on Friday...

Essendon players at their 'worst point' says Matthew Lloyd

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Just days out from the start of the AFL season, Matthew Lloyd has revealed Bombers' players involved in the supplements saga are mentally at their "worst point".

McKenna gets two more years at Suns

Guy McKenna.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns have agreed in principle with coach Guy McKenna to extend his contract.

AFL

Tony Shaw questions Nathan Buckley's contract extension

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

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Geelong boss Brian Cook backs abolition of vets list

Corey Enright.

Jon Pierik While player agents may be concerned, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook does not believe the expected abolition of the veterans' allowance will have a great impact on the retention of seasoned...

AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.

Tom Bell ready to step up for Carlton, says teammate Kade Simpson

Carlton's Tom Bell

Jon Pierik Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson believes Tom Bell, a man likened in size and even pace to retired star Anthony Koutoufides, has shown why he could become a regular senior selection this season.

AFL

Another flag still in reach with Gold Coast Suns, says Gary Ablett

Geelongs Gary Ablett and Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett is desperate to enjoy a premiership-win with his new Suns teammates.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury keen for Magpies to be tested by the best in AFL

Scott Pendlebury tackled by Geelong's Jordan Schroder

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury has declared the Magpies are ready to 'rip in' for a bruising start to the season.

AFL

Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.

AFL

Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, is set to take the AFL Players Association to court

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik The manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey is set to take the AFLPA to court.

AFL

Ricky Nixon returning to sport landscape

Ricky Nixon arrives at the Melbourne Magistrate's Court.

Jon Pierik Former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon has revealed a desire to 'climb the next mountain'.

AFL

ASADA supplements probe left Essendon players disillusioned: Jobe Watson

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Jobe Watson says the supplements saga has at times left the club disillusioned with the sport.

AFL

Nick Riewoldt keen for players to get fair share of AFL earnings

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt wants players' wages linked to the health of the game, amid fears their share of the revenue will fall below the 25 per cent share they currently earn.

AFL

Essendon players may take legal action over media report

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has left open the option of taking legal against News Corp newspapers for its decision to publish the names of players suspected to have taken banned drugs.

AFL

AFL a long way from buying Etihad Stadium: Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik Preparing to announce a profit of about $15 million, Andrew Demetriou has revealed the league is a long way from being able to buy the stadium.