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.

Carlton caretaker coach John Barker a tale of perseverance

Jon Pierik John Barker knows all about perseverance – first as a player during his time with Fitzroy, the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn.

Geelong Cats great says teammates need to help Joel Selwood

Ed Curnow of the Blues and Joel Selwood of the Cats wrestle for the ball during the round eight match on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Geelong Brownlow medallist Paul Couch has warned Joel Selwood he is likely to "cop" a hard tag most weeks and has urged the captain's teammates to provide greater assistance.

Hawks sharpshooting themselves in the foot

Jon Pierik Hawthorn will hope sharpshooters Luke Breust and Jack Gunston can regain their groove as the Hawks seek answers for an indifferent start to the season.

Mick Malthouse to remain in charge, insists manager

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Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse's manager expects the AFL's most capped coach to remain in charge of Carlton next weekend and will not approach the club to bring forward contract discussions.

Rebuilding talk may be affecting Blues, says Marc Murphy

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Jon Pierik Carlton captain Marc Murphy admits the declaration of a rebuild may have impacted on players "sub-consciously", as the Blues admitted they had been guilty of "pathetic" on-field performances this...

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'Compelling' reason needed to quit WADA, says top Hawk

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says there would need to be a "compelling reason" for the AFL to consider breaking away from the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

Alastair Clarkson urges Hawks to get physical in grand final rematch

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson wants a tough game against Sydney.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has urged his team to be "really physical" early in the grand final rematch against Sydney, as the Swans prepare for retribution.

Sydney Swans Lance Franklin to show Grant Birchall he is no buddy

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Jon Pierik Hawthorn is bracing for Lance Franklin to physically target former premiership teammates for stinging comments made in last year's grand final.

Former Richmond forward Jake King to fight injury compensation decision

Jon Pierik Former Richmond forward Jake King wants to take his case for compensation for a career-ending injury to the AFL grievance tribunal, after he lost his initial battle at arbitration.

Patrick Dangerfield 'confident' Rory Sloane will remain an Adelaide Crow


Jon Pierik Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane remain two of the biggest names off contract this season, but there is growing speculation at least one will remain with the Adelaide Crows.

Collingwood must prepare for the burst, says coach Nathan Buckley


Jon Pierik As Scott Pendlebury prepares for his 200th match, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has urged his men to show greater nous when attempting to stop an opposition scoring burst.

Time for Blues' players to take the heat: Justin Madden

Before the fall: Dale Thomas and Marc Murphy head out for the warm-up before the match against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Carlton premiership star Justin Madden has declared the spotlight should be on the players and not coach Mick Malthouse for a run of stinging defeats, while Channel Seven has brushed aside fears...

What's Jack Watts worth if the Demons decide to trade him?

Jack Watts played in the VFL on the weekend.

Jon Pierik Former list manager Chris Pelchen believes Melbourne will consider trading Jack Watts this year and says he would be worth a second-round pick in a national draft not expected to have great depth.

It's 'very important' that Tigers make finals, says Dustin Martin

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Jon Pierik As Richmond takes aim at kick-starting a slumping season against Collingwood, robust midfielder Dustin Martin has declared it's "very important" the Tigers make the finals this season.

ASADA ruling was iron-clad, insists Essendon coach James Hird

James Hird says the Bombers will respect the appeal process but maintains the players are

Jon Pierik Defiant Essendon coach James Hird insists the AFL anti-doping tribunal provided an "absolutely iron clad" decision that his players were not given a banned drug, and fears their careers are now...

Fixture rethink has merit, says Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson believes a rethink of the AFL fixture is worthwhile.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has backed a proposal for all teams to play each other once in the opening 17 rounds of the AFL season, declaring it would give all clubs the chance to assess where...

Hawks intent on stabilising a 'yo-yo' season

 The Hawks look dejected as they leave the ground after the loss to Greater Western Giants, but coach Alastair Clarkson is adamant they are not easy targets.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has brushed aside provocative comments from Melbourne forward Chris Dawes, declaring the Hawks are only intent on short-circuiting what has been a "yo-yo" season.

WADA appeal against Essendon a 'witch hunt', claims lawyer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Coach James Hird is seen during an Essendon recovery session at St Kilda Sea Baths on May 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** James Hird

Jon Pierik A former legal adviser to the AFL Players Association has accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of orchestrating a 'witch hunt' against the 'Essendon 34' and has questioned why the AFL should remain...

Kangaroos satisfied with Brad Scott's explanation

Allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard: Brad Scott.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne is said to be satisfied and comfortable with Brad Scott's version of events, as it emerged he was facing allegations of kicking and abusing a security guard at Blundstone Arena during...

CAS appeal not a certain win for WADA

Australian weightlifter Aleksan Karapetyn was suspended for two years for taking benzylpiperazine in 2005 in the US.

Jon Pierik Before the 34 former and current Essendon players and Bombers supporters get too worried, it should be remembered a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport...