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 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.
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.
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...
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.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.
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.
Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.
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.
Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.
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".
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...
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...
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.
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...