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.
Jon Pierik It's not only on the field where Carlton will have a new look next season, for the Blues are on the hunt for a joint major sponsor after Mars Chocolate opted to not renew its contract.
Jon Pierik While it's a fine achievement to have made the AFL finals, expectations, more often than not, don't stop there. For at least six of the finalists, more needs to be achieved.
Jon Pierik Midfield hardnut Mitch Wallis is adamant the Western Bulldogs' attacking game plan can hold up in the finals
Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer may be a "heart and soul" player of the Blues but club officials are set to dismiss emotion when it comes to deciding whether to match any offer for the frontline ruckman.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny So disappointed was the Gaelic Athletic Association with the limited depth of the Indigenous-only side sent for the International Rules Tests in Ireland in 2013 that officials were moved to express...
Jon Pierik Carlton will have the No.1 pick in the national draft after Brisbane's shock win over the Western Bulldogs relegated the Blues to their fourth wooden spoon in 14 years.
Jon Pierik Club chiefs are hopeful players have taken serious note of the trouble Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe found themselves in, as the post-season parties this week ramp up for those teams...
Jon Pierik Coach Brad Scott was within his right to lash out at anyone who suggested North Melbourne did not want to win on Friday night - but the question rightly had to be asked.
Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.
Jon Pierik Remorseful Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says he feels like an "idiot" after he made a "stupid" decision to drive home on Thursday night and was caught drink-driving.
Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.
Jon Pierik In a week where the resting of players has become a major point of debate, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has embraced the mantra of "continuity and stability" as the Hawks prepare to face lowly...
Jon Pierik When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.
Jon Pierik Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor has launched legal action in the Supreme Court against the AFL over its handling of the Essendon supplements saga, claiming the league "engaged in multiple acts of...
Jon Pierik What went right ... and what went wrong with the Blues in season 2015.
Jon Pierik The Australian international rules side will hold a training camp in New York under a bid to revitalise the hybrid round-ball game.
Jon Pierik and John Stensholt Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is surprised and disappointed at a decision by the AFL to award a player-GPS tracking and data services contract to Champion Data.
Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has become the third player forced into retirement because of concussion this year.
Jon Pierik Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has again embraced a controversial resting policy in the final round of the season, as he plots his way to what he hopes will be a breakthrough premiership.
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton has emerged as a late suitor for the hottest young property on the trade market.