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.

Daniel Menzel stars, but Magpies end Cats' grand era

Jon Pierik The late withdrawal of Collingwood powerhouse Travis Cloke, and a fairytale four goals and a late mark-of-the-year entry from Geelong's comeback kid Daniel Menzel, would have suggested the football...

Injured Nat Fyfe in race to be fit for AFL finals

Injured: Brownlow favourite Nat Fyfe.

Jon Pierik and Brad Elborough The Brownlow Medal hopes of Fremantle star Nat Fyfe have taken a hit after he was ruled out of the final fortnight of home-and-away matches because of a leg injury and faces a fight to be fit for the...

New Blue Brendon Bolton to turn his attention to coaching set-up

Straight to work: New Blues coach Brendon Bolton.

Jon Pierik As he spends his final day or so at Hawthorn, Brendon Bolton will begin assembling just who he wants as his fitness chief and assistant coaches at Carlton next year.

Youngsters shine as Greater Western Sydney have six of the best

Stewart, 21, has played 11 matches this season, contributing 12 goals.

Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney have dominated the selections in a preliminary squad of the best AFL players aged 22 and under, but they could yet lose another of their promising talents.

Demon disappointment: 'If you stayed until the end, your train must have been running late'

Paul Gardner: The Demons should have aimed higher.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne president Paul Gardner has questioned whether the players are listening to coach Paul Roos and says the club's aim for seven wins this season was a "modest" objective.

Brendon Bolton outlines plan for Carlton success

AFL Hawthorn assistant coach Brendon Bolton is announced as Carlton's new head coach from 2016.

Jon Pierik New Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has opted against signing a traditional set-term contract and has been put "on staff".

Dees chief Glen Bartlett questions attitude of players

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Melbourne president Glen Bartlett has questioned the attitude of his players in a roller-coaster season which has been "really frustrating" but insists the club is on the right path towards playing...

Melbourne Demons waiting on uncontracted Colin Garland, Jeremy Howe

Industry sources suggest Jeremy Howe could command about $500,000, as he can play forward, through the midfield and in defence,

Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Jeremy Howe will begin assessing in a fortnight whether he wants to remain at the club next season, while the Demons are confident of retaining Colin Garland.

Hawks in damage control over Hodge bump on Wingard

Luke Hodge is set to draw the attention of the match review panel.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead says the Hawks would have no fear beginning a finals campaign in Perth, as the Hawks went into damage control over Luke Hodge's head-high bump on Chad Wingard which...

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Lachie Henderson's mum lashes Carlton, Gill McLachlan

Lachie Henderson

Jon Pierik The mother of former Carlton player Lachie Henderson has lashed the Blues and AFL chief Gillon McLachlan in the wake of her son not being allowed to play out the season.

Cloud over Luke Hodge as Power surge to clip Hawks' wings

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge bumps into Chad Wingard very close to the goalpost.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's hopes of a top-two finish. and the resultant benefits of this through the finals, have been dealt a crippling blow, and could be compounded by a controversial third-term incident involving...

No finals means Collingwood have failed: coach Nathan Buckley

All on the line: The Pies need to win their final three matches and hope for some unexpected results to fall their way if they are to play finals.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded the Magpies will have failed to meet on-field expectations if, as expected, they do not make the finals.

James Hird exit: Supplements saga has changed everyone, says Jobe Watson

Jobe Watson looks on as James Hird speaks.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has laid bare the impact of the supplements saga, declaring anyone who had been involved in the case would never be the same.

The Essendon crisis: Paul Little to step down once drugs hearing is over

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman and Business Review Weekly rich-lister Paul Little has revealed he will step down once the club is free of the ongoing supplements saga.

Essendon, James Hird part ways in AFL

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18:  James Hird cries as he talks to the media following his resignation as head coach of the Essendon Bombers AFL Football Club at True Vaule Solar Centre on August 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Essendon and senior coach James Hird have parted ways after his failure to arrest the Bombers' alarming slide down the AFL ladder.

Smarter approach has Cyril Rioli kicking on

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik Relishing life largely as a permanent forward, Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli says a smarter approach to protecting his hamstrings has helped him enjoy what many consider to be his finest season to...

James Hird replacement would need to be a 'special person'

An Essendon supporter offers encouragement to coach James Hird after his team was thrashed by Adelaide.

Jon Pierik Any replacement for James Hird next season would have to be a "special person" but the ongoing supplements scandal is unlikely to discourage the best available candidates from applying should...

Top Dog says Bulldogs supporters need to show more loyalty

Just look at that: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates one of his four goals on Sunday.

Jon Pierik While the Western Bulldogs are one of the hottest sides in the AFL right now, club president Peter Gordon says he is disappointed with attendances at matches.

Essendon review should decide James Hird's fate, says Tim Watson

Essendon coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As the pressure intensifies on James Hird, Essendon great Tim Watson says the club should conclude its wide-ranging review before making a call on its coach.

Magpies right to extend Nathan Buckley's contract: Tony Shaw

Nathan Buckley talks to his players during the match against Sydney. Unfortunately, his team did not end up on the right side of the ledger.

Jon Pierik While Collingwood is now almost certain to miss the finals for two straight seasons, club great Tony Shaw believes the Magpies should offer Nathan Buckley a contract extension.