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

Board is united behind James Hird: Bombers

James Hird.

Jon Pierik Essendon insists its board has unanimous support for James Hird, releasing a statement in response to a Fairfax Media report.

Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

AFL

Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, AFLPA wants more of it

Chris Scott:

Jon Pierik and Peter Hanlon Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, but the players' assocation on Tuesday responded by flagging a preferred model that would dramatically increase the sort of frenzied speculation that Geelong's...

Will Evans, the son of former Essendon boss David Evans, quits Bombers just as Hird set to return

Former Essendon chairman David Evans: May give evidence.

Jon Pierik In an intriguing twist of timing, the son of former club chairman David Evans has tendered his resignation at Essendon and will leave the club just as James Hird returns from suspension.

Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

AFL

Essendon confidential: 11 to see ASADA documents

Essendon will file a Federal Court injunction against ASADA

Jon Pierik Eleven Essendon board members and senior figures will have access to confidential documents supplied by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

AFL

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

Seedsman ready to shape his own Collingwood destiny

Above the rest: developing backman Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Upon recently announcing his career was over, Maxwell took developing backman Paul Seedsman aside and said he would still be happy to critique his game.

AFL

Brendan Schwab urges AFL to establish independent body

Australian Athletes Alliance chief Brendan Schwab.

Jon Pierik Australian Athletes Alliance chief Brendan Schwab has urged the AFL to establish an independent body to adjudicate on major decisions.

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.

AFL

Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

AFL

Australian Athletes Alliance's Brendan Schwab calls for AFL players' integrity unit

Man with a secret

Jon Pierik AFL players could soon have an athletes' own integrity unit to which they can report any concerns.

AFL

Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

AFL

North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

AFL

Waite's strong return delivers a contract curve ball

Jarrad Waite tackles Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during Friday's round 18 match.

Jon Pierik Jarrad Waite's stunning return against North Melbourne has provided an added curve ball to the veteran Blues' contract discussions.

AFL

Shake-up tipped in AFL gambling partnership

Matt Tripp is awaiting more discussions with the AFL.

Jon Pierik Punting entrepreneur Matt Tripp has signalled a shake-up of the AFL's gambling partnerships, with the league considering spreading its front-line deal.

AFL

Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

AFL

Stakes high for Essendon, Hird and ASADA

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jon Pierik The details, technicalities and, as one lawyer put it, "white noise" around the Federal Court case brought by Essendon and James Hird means it can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going...

AFL

Dank threatens legal action against AFL's Harcourt

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik While the AFL insists Peter Harcourt has not broken any contractual arrangement, former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank says he is seriously considering legal action against the league's...