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.

A guide to the Essendon, Hird v ASADA court case

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Jon Pierik Understanding the hearing that is about to absorb most of the football world.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

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Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...

Court documents expose AFL, ASADA divisions

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Jon Pierik Explosive submissions lodged in the Federal Court by James Hird and Essendon on Friday detail the divide which grew internally within the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and also in its...

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

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Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.

Blues give Chris Judd something to think about

Chris Judd will play his 134th match for the Blues when he lines up against the Gold Coast Suns.

Jon Pierik While it has not been the best of weeks for the Blues, Chris Judd has revealed greater on-field commitment from his teammates has given him a reason to consider playing on next season.

Julia Gillard wanted quick end to Bombers saga: court documents

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Jon Pierik Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard pressured the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to bring a quick resolution to the Essendon supplements saga, it is alleged in court documents released on...

AFL to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

James Hird, Essendon v ASADA court case to be broadcast live

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Jon Pierik The opening submissions of James Hird, Essendon and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in their Federal Court case will be broadcast live on ABC television on Monday.

Dean Robinson lists 17 subpoenas in fight against Bombers, AFL

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Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...

Chris Judd's statistics suggest he should play on

Since returning in round 13 from a hamstring strain, Chris Judd is averaging 21 disposals, including 11 contested, five clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s and 1.4 score assists a game.

Jon Pierik While there is a growing expectation Chris Judd will retire this year, the Carlton champion's statistics suggest he should seriously consider playing on next year.

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Major AFL figures subpoenaed by dumped Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson

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Jon Pierik Dean Robinson, the former Essendon fitness chief, has raised the stakes in the AFL club's supplements saga as he tries to clear his name, ordering some of the game's biggest figures to produce...

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

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Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

Kangaroos star hopes Voss can help his game

Determined: Jack Ziebell at training on Friday.

Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.

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Roos to shun safe footy: Ziebell

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Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell has urged his teammates to maintain their attacking mindset.

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Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

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Will Evans, the son of former Essendon boss David Evans, quits Bombers just as Hird set to return

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Jon Pierik In an intriguing twist of timing, the son of former club chairman David Evans has tendered his resignation at Essendon and will leave the club just as James Hird returns from suspension.

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Board is united behind James Hird: Bombers

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Jon Pierik Essendon insists its board has unanimous support for James Hird, releasing a statement in response to a Fairfax Media report.

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Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, AFLPA wants more of it

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Jon Pierik and Peter Hanlon Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, but the players' assocation on Tuesday responded by flagging a preferred model that would dramatically increase the sort of frenzied speculation that Geelong's...

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Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

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Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.