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.

Uncertain Essendon players await their fate

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.

Federal Court decision a major blow for Bombers, James Hird

Jon Pierik

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.

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AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

Jon Pierik

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

Court ruling could shape James Hird's future at Essendon, says lawyer

The Bombers run onto the field

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.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Carlton on the move to the MCG for more home games under new deal

Mick Malthouse

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.

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.

No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Matt Suckling of the Hawks warms up

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Saints re-sign another youngster

Jon Pierik Emerging St Kilda midfielder Blake Acres has joined the growing list of young talent to re-sign with the club.

Interview transcripts a key ruling in Essendon court case

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik The legality of transcripts used by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to issue show-cause notices against 34 current and former Essendon players will be a key factor when a Federal Court...

Hird, Bombers verdict to be delivered on Friday

James Hird (R) with barrister Nick Harrington at the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik The AFL's preliminary final weekend could potentially be overshadowed when Essendon and James Hird find out on Friday whether they have won their court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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Assistant coach David Teague to depart Saints

Jon Pierik St Kilda has parted ways with assistant coach David Teague after just one season.

Mediation between Essendon, Dean Robinson breaks down

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.

Shaun Higgins still weighing up his future at Whitten Oval

Restricted free agent: Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs utility Shaun Higgins has reopened contract negotiations, but has yet to decide whether he will remain at the club.

Dean Robinson and Bombers prepare for mediation

Dean Robinson is suing Essendon for $2 million.

Jon Pierik The Dean Robinson camp is still awaiting documents from former Essendon media advisor Liz Lukin, as the Bombers and Robinson prepare for mediation on Friday.

Lawyers question Paddy Ryder's possible exit clause

Jon Pierik A leading employment and safety lawyer, and a leading sports lawyer, have questioned the retrospective powers of a breach-of-contract clause Essendon star Paddy Ryder could use to quit the club.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Lyon questions whether Lumumba is a good fit for Demons

Heritier Lumumba began the season strongly but his form slipped along with that of the team as the season unfolded.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has questioned whether disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba would be the right fit for the rebuilding Demons.

Rioli won't play VFL this weekend, say Hawks

Cyril Rioli's season may be over.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli won't return from injury in the VFL next weekend but Ryan Schoenmakers and Matt Suckling have been given special dispensation to play in an under-23 "young guns" curtain...