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 Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has all but clinched a settlement with the Bombers.
Jon Pierik James Hird has declared he would be living a "lie" if he pleaded guilty to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and did not appeal the Federal Court decision despite now facing the sack as...
Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.
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 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 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.
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, 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 Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.
Jon Pierik ASADA has suggested it is open to a deal with players prepared to come forward.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.
Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.
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.
Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.
Jon Pierik Carlton's wish has been granted, with the Blues to play six home matches at the MCG from next season as part of a new five-year deal.