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 Befitting the high stakes on the field at this stage of an AFL season, it was much the same for Essendon and James Hird when they returned to their battleground of a different kind on Friday.
Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.
Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.
Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Michael Malthouse says Bryce Gibbs is striving for excellence after the midfielder claimed his maiden best and fairest.
Jon Pierik Carlton's wish has been granted, with the Blues to play six home matches at the MCG from next season as part of a new five-year deal.
Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide's goal-kicking capabilities have been reinforced in two stunning September wins, but Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson is confident his team has the versatility to quell a Power uprising.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.
Jon Pierik Emerging St Kilda midfielder Blake Acres has joined the growing list of young talent to re-sign with the club.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Jon Pierik The legality of transcripts used by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to issue show-cause notices against 34 current and former Essendon players will be a key factor when a Federal Court...
Jon Pierik The AFL's preliminary final weekend could potentially be overshadowed when Essendon and James Hird find out on Friday whether they have won their court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...
Jon Pierik St Kilda has parted ways with assistant coach David Teague after just one season.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.
Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.
Jon Pierik The future of Melbourne key position utility James Frawley could become clearer this week now Geelong is out of the finals.
Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs utility Shaun Higgins has reopened contract negotiations, but has yet to decide whether he will remain at the club.
Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.