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.

Simon Garlick gone but Gordon declares Bulldogs can be a 'real power'

Upbeat: Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik The sudden departure of Western Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick came after a management review late in 2014 and with the club on its way to becoming what president Peter Gordon has declared...

Western Bulldogs part ways with CEO Simon Garlick

Simon Garlick.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick has resigned, ending his four-year term with the club.

Son of a gun Tom Liberatore joins Western Bulldogs' leadership group

Bulldogs young gun Tom Liberatore.

Jon Pierik Tom Liberatore's growing maturity on and off the field has culminated in the elevation of the tough midfielder into the Western Bulldogs' leadership group.

Carlton draftee Blaine Boekhorst on track for pre-season opener in home state

New Blues: Clem Smith, Blaine Boekhorst Jayden Foster and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow.

Jon Pierik Mature-age recruit Blaine Boekhorst is keen to show why the Blues coveted his penetrating kicking, starting in next month's NAB Challenge opener against West Coast.

Time to start delivering, says Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the Demons need to start "delivering", as he puts his players through a physically and mentally challenging camp on the Sunshine Coast.

ASADA turns to second expert in Essendon supplements hearing

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has finished its opening submission in a specially convened hearing, alleging Essendon players were injected with a banned drug during the club's 2012...

Cats to remain in premiership mix, data suggests

Jackson Thurlow.

Jon Pierik While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.

ASADA's submission extends into fifth day

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's submissions against 34 current and former Essendon players has extended into a fifth day.

Injured Magpie Jesse White sidelined for three weeks

Jon Pierik Collingwood forward Jesse White is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after injuring himself at training.

Chris Judd as sharp as ever, says Michael Jamison

Looking good: Chris Judd has been impressive at Princes Park training this pre-season.

Jon Pierik The pre-season brings with it many declarations that players are "flying" on the training track. But when it comes to Carlton, it's clear Chris Judd - despite what already will be a Hall of Fame...

ASADA calls in medical expert in Essendon case

Jon Pierik Lawyers for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have called in a medical expert to help prosecute their case, alleging Essendon players were administered a banned drug as part of the 2012...

AFL players set sights on broadcast rights bonanza

Luke Ball hopes the threat of taxes will continue to even out the competition.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association president Luke Ball says the union will soon turn its attention to securing a slice of an expected broadcast rights bonanza, a move that already has club chiefs nervous.

Hocking, White suffer injury setbacks but Maric on the rise

A little bit sore: Jesse White.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is dealing with another injury concern, after forward Jesse White was sent for scans on an ankle.

Demons have expectations in check, says new recruit Angus Brayshaw

No stress: Angus Brayshaw says the focus has been on getting fit, learning the game plan and improving.

Jon Pierik Angus Brayshaw says the Demons have deliberately shied away from heaping expectations on to their young brigade, as the club continues to morph its way into again being a consistent competitive force.

ASADA, Bombers hearing to resume on Monday

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will resume pressing its case against 34 current and former Essendon footballers on Monday.

A strong year and an even AFL competition please: Gillon McLachlan

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik and Madeleine Heffernan AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has revealed club memberships are up about 10 per cent from this time last year, as the league looks to banish memories of a tough 2014.

Can your team's AFL veterans keep on kicking?

Having learnt a harsh lesson about playing when injured last year, Dane Swan is determined not to waste another season

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane As the pre-season summer slog resumes and the intensity of training rises, many of the game's elder statesmen may be beginning to wonder whether this is their last campaign - either through receiving...

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Thomas hasn't missed a beat as Blues set 'lofty goals'

Working hard: Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas is relishing joining in full training, but Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett has revealed he won't join in full contact work until late next month.

Toovey, Moore on Magpies injury ward

Jon Pierik Collingwood may have overhauled its fitness and medical programs after a plethora of injuries last year but the Magpies again find themselves dealing with an early casualty ward.

Essendon star Dyson Heppell wants Bombers to have long-term success

Dyson Heppell looms as the likely next captain of Essendon.

Jon Pierik Future Essendon captain Dyson Heppell says the culture of the club, and an ambition for sustained success, were the key reasons for signing a lucrative five-year deal.