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.

Etihad Stadium CEO Paul Sergeant returns fire at North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw

Jon Pierik Etihad Stadium chief Paul Sergeant has hit back at North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw, declaring the venue has been a "positive" one for all parties.

I won't be running for Pies presidency, says Craig Kelly

Jon Pierik Any suggestions Craig Kelly could eventually replace Eddie McGuire as Collingwood's next president appear over - at least in the short term.

Carlton to be impacted by contract debate, says coach Mick Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has attempted to hose down the prospect of Mick Malthouse's coaching future being a distraction this season, declaring the Blues had "a lot of other priorities"...

New wave of senior AFL coaches revealed

Goodwin is already guaranteed to replace Paul Roos at Melbourne when Roos steps down late next year.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The next wave of potential senior AFL coaches has emerged, with nine men to complete the new level-four coaching program.

AFL clubs warned about copyright infringement

Alistair Dobson, the AFL's manager for attendance and experience, wrote to clubs on Wednesday outlining the need to follow protocols.

Jon Pierik As the focus on the match-day experience continues to escalate, clubs have been warned they risk infringing copyright laws should they produce video clips for the ground scoreboard without a licence.

Glenn Archer set to join Roos' board despite delay


Jon Pierik North Melbourne great Glenn Archer appears almost certain to join the Kangaroos as a board director despite not being elected at Wednesday night's annual general meeting.

Carlton star Chris Judd not content to follow the herd

Coach Mick Malthouse was delighted with Judd's return on Sunday.

Jon Pierik At a time when many experienced players are opting to drop weight in a bid to keep up with the modern, hard-running game, there's one man who has adopted a different method.

AFL club spying game threatens gentleman's agreement

Ken Hinkley believes the game is in good shape.

Jon Pierik Football's spy game has caused a great divide, with bickering clubs on the verge of terminating a gentleman's agreement designed to prevent spying. ensure fairness among all parties.

Matthew Pavlich appointed new AFLPA president


Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has been elected the new president of the AFL Players Association, replacing the retired Luke Ball.

AFLPA seeks answers over Ryan Crowley delay

Ryan Crowley was informed of his positive B sample and handed a show-cause notice on September 18, and accepted a provisional suspension on September 25.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association was seeking answers from the AFL over the handling of the Ryan Crowley drugs charge, as the league came under fire for its delay in holding an anti-doping hearing.

Ryan Crowley's ban sparks debate over use of painkillers

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Jon Pierik Ryan Crowley's provisional suspension for taking a banned substance has raised debate over the type of painkillers players should be allowed to take.

Fremantle Dockers' Ryan Crowley tests positive to banned substance

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has been issued with a show cause notice and has voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.

Carlton's Lachie Henderson happy to delay contract discussions

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Jon Pierik Carlton forward Lachie Henderson is focused on playing ''good consistent'' football before opening serious contract negotiations with the Blues.

AFL players, league agree on supplements app

Jon Pierik The AFL has agreed for its players to log weekly on a mobile phone application the supplements they are given by their club.

Geelong's Jimmy Bartel happy to wait on contract discussions

Waiting game: Jimmy Bartel.

Jon Pierik Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel, who is off contract this season, is in no hurry to open contract negotiations with the Cats.

Nathan Buckley aware coaching is a 'results' business, says Nick Maxwell

Nathan Buckley (left) will make tough calls, says Nick Maxwell (right).

Jon Pierik Former Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell says Nathan Buckley is well aware coaching is a "results" business but does not believe the Magpies need to make the finals this season to keep...

Geelong star Steve Johnson hurt in VFL return

Jon Pierik Steve Johnson left Simonds Stadium on crutches on Saturday but the Cats insist he only corked a calf in his return to action via the VFL.

Little thinking about succession planning, suggests top Bulldog


Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has suggested Essendon counterpart Paul Little has an eye on succession planning after announcing two new board directors.

Essendon anti-doping call could take longer than expected

Essendon have been forced to field replacement players during the NAB Challenge.

Jon Pierik After his cobbled-together side was beaten by St Kilda on Saturday, James Hird was asked whether the AFL had been over officious in banning six players from match simulation on Friday.

Stevie J to miss another week but captain Joel Selwood returns for Cats

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Jon Pierik Geelong is confident Steve Johnson will have enough time to be match fit for the season-opening blockbuster against Hawthorn despite ruling the mercurial forward out of this week's NAB Challenge...