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 Matthew Kreuzer has ended speculation that he would join a new AFL club by re-signing with Carlton on a new two-year deal.
Jon Pierik Will the West Coast Eagles preview or will the Kangaroos vault into their first grand final since 1999? We examine.
Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's future at Carlton will be clearer in coming days when the uncontracted ruckman again meets with the Blues.
Jon Pierik While dealing with a voracious Perth crowd is one factor on Hawthorn's mind heading into Friday night's preliminary final, so too is at least matching the Dockers in the contested-ball stakes.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne are set to move to lock in hard nut Jack Ziebell ahead of his contract season.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident they have the necessary inside toughness and outside run to trouble Fremantle but doubt remains over the fitness of forward Jack Gunston.
Jon Pierik Having endured grand final heartache of his own, coaching great Malcolm Blight says Ross Lyon has done as much as he can in the top role but admits a premiership "wouldn't hurt" in rubber stamping...
Jon Pierik Collingwood has endorsed the Western Bulldogs' bid to have the two clubs open their 2016 season with what they hope will become a marquee clash at the MCG.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne are confident two tough finals wins have fortified their game plan as they now attempt to pick holes in the West Coast Eagles' defensive "web" and reach their first grand final in 16...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne has urged his teammates to go to "football war" against Fremantle next weekend as they seek to barge their way into a fourth-straight grand final.
Jon Pierik Geelong says they are awaiting an official response from Patrick Dangerfield, with the champion Crow almost certainly having played his last match for the club.
Jon Pierik The Sydney Swans have won a reprieve of sorts through the player exchange period, and can now trade for one player on a contract worth up to $450,000 as part of the phasing out of the...
Jon Pierik They are the words many a Carlton official has eschewed through the years, but they underline what president Mark LoGiudice and the Blues are now all about as they plot a comprehensive rebuild.
Jon Pierik In a year of turmoil for Carlton, Patrick Cripps was one of the Blues' few feel-good stories. That was reinforced on Thursday night when he became one of the youngest players in the club's history to...
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Carlton star Chris Yarran is not attending the Blues' best-and-fairest count on Thursday night.
Jon Pierik Fremantle star Nat Fyfe has taken the first step towards what could be the game's two highest individual honours, claiming the AFL Players Association most valuable player award.
Jon Pierik His rookie season ruined by serious injury, forgotten Melbourne midfielder Christian Petracca has begun a demanding training program in Philadelphia with a knee specialist who wants him to realise it...
Jon Pierik Adelaide are wary of a Hawthorn side they regard as "September specialists" and have been warned the defending champions could react to last week's loss like a "wounded animal".
Jon Pierik Former Adelaide Crows captain Mark Bickley believes John Worsfold's future could ultimately decide whether Scott Camporeale remains as senior coach next season.
AFL finals 2015: Nathan Thompson calls for centre bounce replay to be scrapped after umpiring shockers
Jon Pierik To bounce, or not to bounce. It seems to be a question many in the football world are still wrestling with.