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

Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

Paul Roos agrees to contract extension with Melbourne

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has agreed to a third year as coach of Melbourne, meaning he will remain in charge until the end of 2016.

Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.

AFL

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

Seedsman ready to shape his own Collingwood destiny

Above the rest: developing backman Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Upon recently announcing his career was over, Maxwell took developing backman Paul Seedsman aside and said he would still be happy to critique his game.

AFL

Brendan Schwab urges AFL to establish independent body

Australian Athletes Alliance chief Brendan Schwab.

Jon Pierik Australian Athletes Alliance chief Brendan Schwab has urged the AFL to establish an independent body to adjudicate on major decisions.

AFL

Essendon confidential: 11 to see ASADA documents

Essendon will file a Federal Court injunction against ASADA

Jon Pierik Eleven Essendon board members and senior figures will have access to confidential documents supplied by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

AFL

Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

AFL

Australian Athletes Alliance's Brendan Schwab calls for AFL players' integrity unit

Man with a secret

Jon Pierik AFL players could soon have an athletes' own integrity unit to which they can report any concerns.

AFL

Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

AFL

Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

AFL

Shake-up tipped in AFL gambling partnership

Matt Tripp is awaiting more discussions with the AFL.

Jon Pierik Punting entrepreneur Matt Tripp has signalled a shake-up of the AFL's gambling partnerships, with the league considering spreading its front-line deal.

AFL

Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

AFL

Waite's strong return delivers a contract curve ball

Jarrad Waite tackles Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during Friday's round 18 match.

Jon Pierik Jarrad Waite's stunning return against North Melbourne has provided an added curve ball to the veteran Blues' contract discussions.

AFL

North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

AFL

Carlton's Menzel cleared but Everitt out

Troy Menzel has been cleared of a serious knee injury.

Jon Pierik Emerging Carlton forward Troy Menzel has been cleared of a potentially serious knee injury and could even play against Fremantle in a fortnight.

AFL

Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.