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.

Jake Stringer shapes as important cog in Western Bulldogs' plans

Jon Pierik While the public focus on the Western Bulldogs' forward line has largely been on Tom Boyd through the off-season, there is another marking target the Dogs hope can create trouble.

Dustin Martin re-signs with Richmond Tigers

Staying a Tiger until 2017: Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has agreed to a two-year contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2017.

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AFL releases 'top-up' player details for Bombers


Jon Pierik Rival AFL clubs will reluctantly allow their VFL talent to join Essendon as top-up players, realising this is the most practical option to ensure the NAB Challenge and the AFL season proceeds amid...

Player agent calls for concussion levy


Jon Pierik Concussion campaigner Peter Jess has called on the AFL to put one per cent of revenue from ticket sales into a fund to be used for independent analysis of head knocks.

Melbourne's Christian Petracca out for season after rupturing his ACL

Christian Petracca injured his knee at training and will miss the 2015 season.

Jon Pierik Christian Petracca will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at training.

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Off-colour Blues: Matthew Kreuzer to miss opening rounds

Blues coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's wretched run with injury has continued, with the Carlton ruckman to miss the opening rounds of the home-and-away season because of a hairline fracture in his foot.

Luke Beveridge ready to forge his own new chapter with Bulldogs

Buoyant: Luke Beveridge as coach.

Jon Pierik When he is not consumed by the day-to-day dealings of coaching, or spending time with his wife Dana and two children, Luke Beveridge likes to pick up a book.

New Bulldogs coach looks to buzzing 'mosquito fleet'

Tom Boyd can expect to spend time in the ruck.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has backed his "mosquito fleet" to lead a Dogs uprising this season, and has revealed Tom Boyd can expect to spend time in the ruck to help ease the expected...

Essendon supplements saga: Irish series will impact on Bombers duo

Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher may have to sit out an extra week of the home-and-away season if any suspension is backdated until the end of last season.

Jon Pierik The decision by Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to represent Australia in last year's International Rules will impact on any suspension the pair may receive as part of the Essendon supplements...

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Brian Lake remains first-choice full-back, says Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says Brian Lake will remain the Hawks' first-option full-back despite the recruitment of former Demon James Frawley.

Bulldog Tom Liberatore takes a caring and sharing approach

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19:  Tom Liberatore during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval on January 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Jeffers/Fairfax Media)

Jon Pierik It takes a special mindset to crash and bash into some of the league's toughest warriors on a weekly basis, but Tom Liberatore offers a simple explanation for his determination.

Finals a realistic aim for Western Bulldogs, says Tom Liberatore

Tom Liberatore says the Bulldogs have good reason to believe they can build on the seven wins of last season.

Jon Pierik Emerging Western Bulldogs leader Tom Liberatore has revealed matching opponents in pressure acts is a "non-negotiable" for the Dogs this year and says returning to the finals for the first time in...

North Melbourne count cost of brutal session

Robin Nahas was one of four Roos to leave the track on Friday.

Daniel Cherny and Jon Pierik An intense Friday afternoon of match simulation turned nasty for North Melbourne, with four players leaving the track hurt at Aegis Park.

Nathan Burke steps down as Saints director

Nathan Burke has joined the AFL's new-look match review panel.

Jon Pierik St Kilda great Nathan Burke has stepped down from the Saints' board, having accepted a role on the AFL's match review panel.

Luke Ball, Brad Sewell added to new-look match review panel

Brad Sewell.

Jon Pierik The AFL has revamped its match review panel, with Collingwood premiership player Luke Ball and Hawthorn counterpart Brad Sewell among those to this year determine whether charges are laid for any...

Former AFL and NFL star Ben Graham has brain tested

Ben Graham was knocked out four times during his AFL career and may well have suffered sub-concussive trauma from other incidents.

Jon Pierik Former AFL star and NFL punter Ben Graham has joined the list of former professional sportsmen willing to have his brain tested as part of a study of long-term concussion issues.

ASADA issues warning to Essendon, players with infraction notices

The Bombers and the Power had already confirmed they would not seek to have the provisional suspensions lifted.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned Essendon, Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs that any player issued with an infraction notice will lose any chance of a suspension "credit"...

Stewart Crameri likely to sit out pre-season matches, say Western Bulldogs

Stewart Crameri.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club has worked diligently to ensure Stewart Crameri's "emotional and physical well-being" has remained strong amid the stress of dealing with the...

GWS Giants confident Jeremy Cameron will re-sign

The Giants are confident of keeping Jeremy Cameron.

Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney are confident star forward Jeremy Cameron will re-sign, and are also expected to get in early to extend the contract of skipper Callan Ward.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says scoring on the wane

Luke Hodge celebrates a goal with Isaac Smith duuring last year's grand final.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has brushed aside concerns about a drop in scoring across the league, reminding supporters that the game quickly evolves.

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