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.

Should Carlton rebuild or renovate like North Melbourne?

Jon Pierik As Carlton acknowledges it must rebuild, what can it learn from how North Melbourne moved up the ladder?

Deadline for Bombers in Hal Hunter case

Hal Hunter in action for Essendon in the VFL.

Jon Pierik Essendon have engaged a leading occupational health and safety law firm in their case against disgruntled former player, Hal Hunter.

Western Bulldogs' Dale Morris to miss up to two months

Dale Morris is facing en extended stint on the sidelines.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Veteran Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris will miss up to two months after having surgery on a torn pectoral muscle on Monday.

Stephen Dank got ahead of himself, says Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik As the football world awaits the next key move in the supplements saga, former Essendon coach Mark Thompson says biochemist Stephen Dank "probably got ahead of himself" and left the club in "chaos".

Stephen Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

Jon Pierik, Jake Niall The AFL anti-doping tribunal has found Stephen Dank guilty on several charges, however he has been cleared on three charges relating to banned substance Thymosin Beta 4.

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Kangaroos ready to turn on the Power


Jon Pierik The Power may have yet to open their account for the season, but that hasn't changed what North Melbourne coach Brad Scott thinks of his next opponent.

Mick Malthouse: My focus is still on Carlton winning matches

Carlton Coach Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While Carlton has confirmed the inevitable and admitted they are rebuilding, coach Mick Malthouse has declared his priority remains on winning matches, with the recruiting department focusing on the...

Dank may be facing lifetime ban

Stephen Dank

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the architect of the Essendon supplements program, says the missing paperwork central to identifying what peptides had been administered to players was left with the Bombers but may now...

Nick Dal Santo weighing up surgery on his injured hamstring

Nick Dal Santo comes off with a hamstring injury during the match against the Brisbane Lions.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo is considering having surgery on his injured hamstring, a move which could mean he would be sidelined for about three months.

Western Bulldogs defy critics with shrewd recruiting

Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs high-fives fans after the win over Richmond.

Jon Pierik When president Peter Gordon took to the stage at the Bulldogs' season launch, his message was clear.

Steven Motlop vows to redeem himself after club-imposed ban


Jon Pierik Stung Geelong midfielder Steven Motlop says he is "very disappointed and extremely sad" by his actions but is ready to regain the respect of his teammates if chosen to face the Gold Coast Suns on...

Magpies pair to have B samples tested

Josh Thomas and Lachlan O'Keeffe.

Jon Pierik The anti-doping case against Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe will take an important step on Tuesday, when the B sample of the players is tested.

Malthouse puts heat on team leaders at winless Blues

Captain Marc Murphy leads the Blues off Domain Stadium after a disappointing loss to West Coast.

Jon Pierik Frustrated Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has turned the spotlight onto his on-field leaders, while skipper Marc Murphy has urged greater accountability as the Blues seek answers for their winless...

Hawthorn's Jed Anderson hoping for a happy hunting ground in 2015

Mine, all mine: Jed Anderson marks in front of Corey Enright of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Just as he is more wary when hunting now, Hawthorn's Jed Anderson also hopes he eludes trouble on the football field after a rugged 2014.

Mark Maclure: It could be a 'bloody' end for Mick Malthouse at Carlton

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Debate over the future of Carlton coach Mick Malthouse continues to intensify, with club great Mark Maclure questioning whether the winless Blues have the "guts" to sack the coaching legend.

Brian Lake has been unfairly smeared, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has accused Geelong of smearing Brian Lake's name, with the Hawks' defender denying he vilified Mitch Clark in the heated Easter Monday clash.

Carlton's Dale Thomas planning an early return from injury

Dale Thomas is hoping for an early return from injury.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas believes he could return within "two to three" weeks, giving him the opportunity to play in coach Mick Malthouse's record-breaking clash.

Time for AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship, says psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg

Renowned psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg says the key issue surrounding drugs is alcohol consumption.

Jon Pierik The psychologist involved in the AFL's most recent illicit drugs forum says players should only be allowed one strike and has called on the AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship.

Headaches for Blues, Eagles in second round

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik There is one area on the field Carlton and the West Coast Eagles coaches are likely having as many headaches as each other this week.

Bulldog Jordan Roughead signs three-year contract

Jordan Roughead has signed with the Bulldogs until the end of 2018.

Jon Pierik While it remains to be seen if the Western Bulldogs can emerge as a surprise finals threat this season, there's little doubt the planks are in place for a sustained period of success when the...