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.

Shaun Higgins quits Western Bulldogs, seeks North Melbourne deal

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.

AFL in a grand position to tune in to broadcast rights talks

Fox Footy has said audiences for its live matches this season had grown by 2 per cent. However, the cumulative free-to-air television audience has reportedly fallen by 1.2 per cent.

Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.

AFL grand final: Jason Dunstall speech spurred Hawthorn to back-to-back flags

Jason Dunstall

Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.

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Newbold says Hawks planning to stay on top

They're a happy team at Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik As his club celebrated yet more premiership glory, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has revealed the Hawks have already begun plotting what they hope will be continued dominance through to the end...

Hawks get the jump on cheer squad and Swans

Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.

AFL grand final 2014: Perfect preparation means nothing, insists Sydney Swans coach John Longmire

John Longmire at the AFL grand final parade press conference.

Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.

Ben McEvoy feared he would miss selection in Hawthorn's grand final team

Ben McEvoy knows all about the disappointment of missing grand final selection.

Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.

AFL grand final 2014: Cyril Rioli says he has 'full confidence' in his hamstring

Cyril Rioli smiles for a fan snap.

Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...

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ASADA to provide evidence to Essendon players

The players were not a party to the case brought by James Hird and Essendon, but agreed that the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the AFL last year was unlawful.

Jon Pierik ASADA has suggested it is open to a deal with players prepared to come forward.

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Former Demon Mitch Clark close to deciding on his preferred new AFL club

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.

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Shaun Higgins tells teammates he is likely to leave Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs small forward Shaun Higgins appears to have played his last game at the club.

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Malthouse to rejoin Tigers of old

Richmond players Geoff Raines, Michael Roach (wearing a Collingwood guernsey) and Mick Malthouse after their grand final series win in 1980.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

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Brisbane Lions hope for Paddy Ryder decision by the end of the week

Paddy Ryder has quit Essendon, and will visit Port Adelaide this week before deciding where he will play next season.

Jon Pierik The Brisbane Lions expect Paddy Ryder to make a decision by the end of the week on whether he will join the club.

McKenna review will be 'fair and thorough', say Suns

Guy McKenna has a year to run on his contract but has been under pressure since the Suns fell out of finals contention

Jon Pierik Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff says the review of coach Guy McKenna's tenure will be "fair and thorough", and insists the club has not yet begun to think about possible replacements.

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Uncertain Essendon players await their fate

The players were not a party to the case brought by James Hird and Essendon, but agreed that the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the AFL last year was unlawful.

Jon Pierik The 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices were in limbo on Friday night, as they awaited a decision from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on their immediate futures.

Federal Court decision a major blow for Bombers, James Hird

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Jon Pierik Befitting the high stakes on the field at this stage of an AFL season, it was much the same for Essendon and James Hird when they returned to their battleground of a different kind on Friday.

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