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 While it remains to be seen if the Western Bulldogs can emerge as a surprise finals threat this season, there's little doubt the planks are in place for a sustained period of success when the...
Emmq Quayle and Jon Pierik Geelong will maintain perspective and head into round two trusting in their preparation for the new season.
Jon Pierik Having had the opportunity to join either Geelong or Hawthorn during last year's trade period, James Frawley, the want-away Demon, chose the defending champions.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold fears the AFL is "losing the battle" with illicit drugs and has declared it's time to consider a "zero-tolerance" policy.
Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas has avoided surgery on his injured shoulder but is still expected to miss at least six weeks.
Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body may be tempted to challenge the Essendon verdict as the professional history of the man who would have ultimate say in an appeals hearing could mean he has a...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has banished discussion of a premiership "three-peat", as the Hawks prepare to begin their campaign against arch-rival Geelong on Monday.
Jon Pierik While those Essendon players cleared of an anti-doping charge took to the field at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a renewed zest for the season, one man involved throughout the whole ordeal could...
Jon Pierik Emerging Richmond midfielder Kamdyn McIntosh knew he was ready to step out in the seniors - he just needed his body to remain healthy.
Jon Pierik Carlton playmaker Dale Thomas said he felt as if his injured shoulder "was half way down my arm" after he was crunched in a tackle in the opening minute of Thursday night's loss to Richmond.
Jon Pierik Brisbane is ready to confront a Collingwood team they expect will attack former teammate Dayne Beams "pretty hard" when the clubs open their season at the Gabba.
Jon Pierik While the focus has been on Essendon, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club is relieved Stewart Crameri has been cleared to play after it was ruled he was not administered a banned drug...
Jon Pierik In a fortnight week where drugs and gambling issues have overshadowed the game, there was something almost quaint when attention turned to Thursday night's season opener at the MCG.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon rookie-listed player Hal Hunter will intensify his bid to get to the bottom of the supplements saga by lodging a statement of claim with Essendon and the AFL.
Jon Pierik Comment: Forget the new faces on the field this weekend, for the real judgments could come from assessing which home team produces the best "fan-friendly" experience.
Jon Pierik Having emerged from what he dubbed a "mourning process", Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy says his primary aim now is to usher through the next generation which can have a sustained run at finals...
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik The AFL anti-doping tribunal that cleared 34 Essendon players was highly critical of the club's conduct in 2012, describing its supplements program record-keeping as "deplorable."
Jon Pierik Veteran player agent Peter Jess has called for AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick to step down and says disgruntled former Essendon players may have no choice but to follow the legal action initiated by...
Jon Pierik Thirty-four past and present Essendon footballers are free to resume playing after being cleared of taking a banned drug.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has warned "ignorance is no excuse" as two of his players face being sacked should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.