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.

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

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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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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Can Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson work together?

Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson at the Brownlow in 2009.

Jon Pierik As caretaker Essendon coach, Mark Thompson enjoyed a great rapport with the wider football media - and public - this season through his quirky post-match press conferences.

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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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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Former St Kilda tagger Clint Jones hopes to extend AFL career

'Obviously, I still want to keep playing' says Clint Jones.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.

Brent Harvey should not have been at tribunal, says AFL Players Association

Ian Prendergast says it is wrong if every head clash is penalised.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Channel Ten expresses interest in 10-year AFL broadcast deal

Channel 10

Jon Pierik Channel Ten has signalled its interest in bidding for the next AFL broadcast rights, even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement.

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Documents back AFL push to use interim report

Essendon.

Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.

AFL commissioner Kim Williams backs league's handling of Essendon saga but slams Labor's role

Kim Williams:

Jon Pierik AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor...

WorkCover health and safety probe into AFL clubs on hold

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik An investigation into alleged breaches of health and safety at 10 AFL clubs has slowed as the Victorian WorkCover Authority awaits a decision by the Federal Court into the Essendon supplements probe.

Essendon case highlights AFL's powers of investigation

Essendon fans hold up banners in support of James Hird during round 4 in season 2013.

Jon Pierik While the key focus of debate in the Essendon supplements saga has been on the gathering of the traditional type of evidence - such as the interviews conducted last year - and the release of the...

AFL approves stem-cell therapy treatment

Stem cell therapy.

Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.

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Privatisation of AFL clubs not on, says Hawthorn boss

Andrew Newbold

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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AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik A lawyer who acted as a consultant to Essendon last season has claimed the fines and suspensions imposed on James Hird and the Bombers could be void because of comments made by the AFL's chief...

Dean Robinson lists 17 subpoenas in fight against Bombers, AFL

Andrew Demetriou, Tania Hird, Ian Robson, and David Evans.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...

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Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

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Former Essendon fitness coach Dean Robinson could take AFL, ASADA to court: lawyer

Former Essendon fitness coach Dean Robinson.

Jon Pierik Lawyer David Galbally fears the two court cases involving Essendon are only going to portray the AFL and Bombers in a worse light, warning he could also take the league to court in Dean Robinson's...