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.

Blues vow to stick to search process for new coach

Dylan Buckley says the transition from Mick Malthouse to John Barker has been

Jon Pierik Carlton maintain they will follow the thorough process they have established in order to find their new coach - despite the momentum being built by caretaker John Barker.

Suspended Magpies pair 'anxious' over drugs hearing

Collingwood's Josh Thomas.

Jon Pierik Facing possible two-year bans for taking a banned drug, Collingwood pair Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas are "anxious" to ascertain their fate but have been assured by the Magpies they won't be "kicked...

Angry Hawthorn threaten to ditch AFL revenue share scheme

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn has sensationally declared it will walk away from the AFL's chief equalisation measure if the northern-based clubs are allowed to exclusively access future draft picks this season.

ASADA manager admits to error in estimates hearing

Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority operations manager Trevor Burgess has admitted to making an error before the Senate Estimates hearing.

Essendon chiefs open their doors – and ears – to past players

Kevin Sheedy will talk to past Essendon players.

Jon Pierik Essendon will seek to bring disillusioned past players back into the fold by giving them the opportunity to meet with coaching great Kevin Sheedy and chief executive Xavier Campbell.

Geelong defender Jed Bews set for contract extension

Contract extension: Young Cat Jed Bews has impressed in 2015.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny While Geelong's long injury count has not been ideal, it has provided opportunity for those on the fringe to prosper.

AFL: Bombers set to reward consistent defender Mark Baguley

Mark Baguley is set to be rewarded for hard work

Jon Pierik Essendon is on the verge of rewarding one of its most consistent players of recent seasons with a contract extension.

AFL: Richmond's time to show they belong among league's best

Brett Deledio and Jack Riewoldt get around Brandon Ellis after he kicks a goal.

Jon Pierik Richmond's bid to prove they belong in any conversation involving the league's premier teams continues on Friday night when they confront a West Coast Eagles side boasting one of the most potent...

Blues insist Chris Yarran is part of their long-term plans

Good showing: Chris Yarran.

Jon Pierik Caretaker Carlton coach John Barker says Chris Yarran remains a part of the club's long-term vision, provided he does what is necessary to play strong, consistent football.

AFL, NRL broadcast rights: Google and Optus new players in broadcast rights battle

New player: Google has entered the battle for NRL and AFL broadcast rights

John Stensholt, Jon Pierik and David Ramli Optus and Google have joined the battle for football broadcasting rights, strengthening the AFL and NRL's bids for record hauls.

Coach appointment will influence whether Lachie Henderson remains a Blue

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Jon Pierik Lachie Henderson says the appointment of Carlton's new coach and the direction the Blues take will shape whether he re-signs with the club.

Bombers face a giant issue over struggling ruck recruit

Jonathan Giles (right) challenges Tom Hickey of the Saints during a pre-season match in March.

Jon Pierik The questionable athleticism of forgotten ruckman Jonathan Giles has emerged as an issue for struggling Essendon, who have been labelled by a club great as one of the worst teams in the league.

Player's right to veto a trade may be scrapped

Cale Hooker

Jon Pierik An AFL working party contemplating change to the draft system has floated the possibility of axing a player's right to veto a trade when under contract.

Essendon one of the 'worst four teams', says Tim Watson

Tim Watson says the Bombers need to revamp their list.

Jon Pierik During pre-season many tipped them to make the finals, but 11 rounds in they have been described as one of the worst four teams in the league.

Pssst: Shane Crawford at Port Adelaide and Mark 'Choco' Williams at Hawthorn?

He's got the power: Hawks champion Shane Crawford almost joined Port.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Port Adelaide tried to lure a Hawthorn star during his playing pomp.

AFL: Magpies to have a close eye on Giant Adam Treloar

Jon Pierik Collingwood supporters will have the chance to assess first hand on Sunday a man they hope will don the black and white next season.

Pies learning to quell rival surges, says Travis Varcoe

Travis Varcoe tries to get hold of Joel Selwood of the Cats in round six when Geelong inflicted a big defeat on the Pies.

Jon Pierik Collingwood playmaker Travis Varcoe admits the Magpies still have work to do in curbing dangerous opposition surges, as they prepare for a top-four rumble with an emerging Greater Western Sydney on...

We can compete with anyone 'if things go right', insist Cats

Jon Pierik Geelong admits the jury is still out on their premiership aspirations but believes they can "compete with anyone" when playing their best football.

AFL split round: no Sunday free-to-air television coverage

Fox Footy will have the field to itself for the next three Sundays.

Jon Pierik The vagaries of the AFL's schedule and broadcast rights deal means Victorian supporters without pay television will not have access to Sunday matches over the next three weeks.

Gold Coast Suns not burning over the number of positive drug tests: John Witheriff

Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff.

Jon Pierik Gold Coast Suns chairman John Witheriff has denied his club has a drug culture and has revealed illicit drug testing results show it has one of the lowest counts of positive tests.