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 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.
Jon Pierik Any suggestions Craig Kelly could eventually replace Eddie McGuire as Collingwood's next president appear over - at least in the short term.
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"...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has been elected the new president of the AFL Players Association, replacing the retired Luke Ball.
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.
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.
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.
Jon Pierik Carlton forward Lachie Henderson is focused on playing ''good consistent'' football before opening serious contract negotiations with the Blues.
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.
Jon Pierik Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel, who is off contract this season, is in no hurry to open contract negotiations with the Cats.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...