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 Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.
Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.
Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.
Jon Pierik As his club celebrated yet more premiership glory, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has revealed the Hawks have already begun plotting what they hope will be continued dominance through to the end...
Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.
Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.
Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.
Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...
Jon Pierik ASADA has suggested it is open to a deal with players prepared to come forward.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs small forward Shaun Higgins appears to have played his last game at the club.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.
Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.
Jon Pierik The Brisbane Lions expect Paddy Ryder to make a decision by the end of the week on whether he will join the club.
Jon Pierik Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff says the review of coach Guy McKenna's tenure will be "fair and thorough", and insists the club has not yet begun to think about possible replacements.
Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.
Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.
Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.
Jon Pierik The 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices were in limbo on Friday night, as they awaited a decision from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on their immediate futures.
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.