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 Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has warned his team it's time to build momentum otherwise hopes of a top-four finish — and premiership aspirations — could be lost.
Jon Pierik Retired Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly has revealed he "wasn't too far off" from death and may have to deal with seizures for the rest of his life.
Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer has backed Peter Gordon's declaration that any attempt to ban an AFL player for a third positive strike to an illicit drug could result in court action.
Jon Pierik It may be considered football's version of mission impossible, but the Richmond faithful have at least two reasons to believe their team can handle "Superman" Nat Fyfe and topple undefeated Fremantle...
Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker says the Blues have "compromised" their ability to defeat the Adelaide Crows by dropping Chris Yarran for disciplinary reasons, but stressed the club needed to...
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has declared the Magpies are in the best health they have been for four years and says his team has only scratched "the tip of the iceberg" in its development.
Jon Pierik A frustrated Hawthorn has been buoyed by small forward Paul Puopolo being cleared of a major foot injury, while Jordan Lewis is likely to return against St Kilda.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the mid-season rule change, which will see free kicks awarded against players leading with their heads, will be hard for umpires to adjudicate.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch has suggested the AFL grand final be shifted away from the MCG, once the current deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club expires.
Jon Pierik Gary Ablett's manager says the Gold Coast Suns champion won't be pressured into returning from injury before he feels ready.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's players have been labelled "selfish", as the Kangaroos begin to deal with the month-long absence of coach Brad Scott.
Jon Pierik Carlton has left the possibility open of campaigning for a priority pick should its season continue to unfold in a grisly manner.
Jon Pierik Coaching legend Leigh Matthews and former Geelong premiership counterpart Mark Thompson have urged clubs to rein in the salaries of senior coaches.
Jon Pierik Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has urged his teammates to keep building momentum, heading into the mid-season break.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon says the team's encouraging form this season should warrant at least one Friday night match next season.
Jon Pierik While the AFL says it has no issue with the handling of the Will Minson case, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge believes it may be time for the rules involving players touching an umpire be revised.
Jon Pierik The public speculation over the future of out-of-contract players will continue, with AFL chief Gillon McLachlan ruling out introducing an anti-tampering rule through the season proper.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon insists he holds no grudge against former captain Ryan Griffen and believes his club will emerge stronger from a harrowing end to the 2014 campaign.
Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to celebrate indigenous round, a club-based report given to league chiefs has found that while the attitudes of players have improved, there is still "a racism issue treading...
Jon Pierik While his coaching career now appears over with a record 718 matches to his credit, Mick Malthouse will enjoy a lucrative career in the media – should he choose to head down that path.