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.

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A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence

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Carlton needs obsessive players to revive glory days, says Chris Judd

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Jon Pierik While Chris Judd's playing future remains unclear, he knows exactly the type of person the Blues need if they are to again emerge as an on-field power.

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

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Focus on AFL coaches unnecessary, says Paul Roos

The state of the wall in the MCG coaches' box after Alastair Clarkson gave vent to his feelings in season 2012.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the propensity of AFL broadcasters to regularly cut to coaches in an animated state on game day is unnecessary and does not add to the spectacle.

James Hird should not return this season, says Essendon legend Tim Watson

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik With just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers' 2014 campaign is over.

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Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

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Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

Mick Malthouse, Cameron Ling in verbal stoush

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Jon Pierik UPDATE: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was so incensed by the lack of his customary footage while coaching at the SCG on Saturday night that he vented his anger at half-time in a verbal stoush with...

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ASADA could have breached Commonwealth law, says lawyer

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Jon Pierik A former legal consultant to the AFL Players Association has claimed the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority could have breached Commonwealth legislation by warning it could re-issue show-cause...

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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Geelong, Port Adelaide fined $5000 for tardy paperwork

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Jon Pierik Geelong and Port Adelaide have been fined $5000 each for breaching list lodgement rules.

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AFL turned to corporate investigator Peter McMillan in Essendon case

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Jon Pierik The AFL turned to Racing Victoria's former chief investigator as part of its probe with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into the Essendon supplements scandal.

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ASADA warns court case won't stop Essendon show-cause notices

ASADA has made clear its intent to reissue show-cause notices to 34 past and present players should it lose the court case against Essendon and James Hird.

Jon Pierik The stakes have dramatically risen for the Essendon players issued with show-cause notices, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority all but declaring it will re-issue notices should it lose...

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Leaked AFL document adds to grey area in Bombers' case

The 34 current and former players issued with show-cause notices are alleged to have been administered the banned Thymosin beta 4.

Jon Pierik The murky underground battle attempting to discredit the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority continues, with a leaked affidavit of an AFL investigator suggesting there was a "joint...

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

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Privatisation of AFL clubs not on, says Hawthorn boss

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says privatisation of an AFL club would only happen again if an owner was prepared to "tear up some money".

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Harcourt rebuked over AFL drug 'retirement' claims

Peter Harcourt (far right) has been rebuked by the AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to clarify comments made by its medical director at a Zurich conference, insisting players are not "retired" by the league for illicit drugs problems but rather make their own...

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Dank could have answered the one burning question

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Jon Pierik If there was one question Stephen Dank could have answered during his radio interview with friend, and former Adelaide Crows coach Graham Cornes, on Tuesday night, it was this.

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Essendon players knew what they had been given, claims Stephen Dank

Stephen Dank: ''None of us have done anything wrong.''

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal, insists the players knew what they had been administered and has described the club's internal report into his injecting...

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Dank threatens legal action against AFL's Harcourt

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Jon Pierik While the AFL insists Peter Harcourt has not broken any contractual arrangement, former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank says he is seriously considering legal action against the league's...