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 invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

Documents back AFL push to use interim report

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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.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

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Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

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

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

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

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Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.

Court documents expose AFL, ASADA divisions

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Jon Pierik Explosive submissions lodged in the Federal Court by James Hird and Essendon on Friday detail the divide which grew internally within the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and also in its...

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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AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...

AFL to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

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Leaked AFL document adds to grey area in Bombers' case

The 34 current and former players issued with show-cause notices are alleged to have been administered the banned Thymosin beta 4.

Jon Pierik The murky underground battle attempting to discredit the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority continues, with a leaked affidavit of an AFL investigator suggesting there was a "joint...

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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...

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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.