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.

Blues give Chris Judd something to think about

Jon Pierik While it has not been the best of weeks for the Blues, Chris Judd has revealed greater on-field commitment from his teammates has given him a reason to consider playing on next season.

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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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.

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Jim Stynes gets a bronze statue at the MCG

Jim Stynes

Jon Pierik Jim Stynes will join the sporting greats immortalised with a bronze statue outside the MCG.

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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

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Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jarrad Waite (left) was cited for misconduct but is free to line up in Sunday night's clash against Essendon, as it was his first offence of this kind.

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

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Fevola unloads on Blues and Thomas

Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik Appearing to still be bitter at his former club, Brendan Fevola has criticised Carlton for recruiting Dale Thomas, losing Eddie Betts and has even questioned the value of the Chris Judd trade.

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Off-contract Nat Fyfe open to leaving Dockers

Nat Fyfe

Jon Pierik Dubbed the man most likely to be the AFL’s best midfielder of the next decade, Fremantle star Nat Fyfe is enjoying playing ‘‘under the pump’’ this season as he pursues a...

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St Kilda's Jack Steven is keen to rally midfield forces as club rebuilds

Taking flight: Jack Steven clashes with West Coast at Etihad Stadium last year.

Jon Pierik Jack Steven's skills have matured with his ability to lead younger players.

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James Hird's father hits out at Bomber president Paul Little

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Jon Pierik Allan Hird takes umbrage at Paul Little's remarks that his son would ''whack'' anyone.

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Star Tiger's vote against the umpires

Geoff Raines

Jon Pierik One memory from 1980 still rankles with champion centreman Geoff Raines.

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Demons to trade for star mids

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Jon Pierik and Chloe Saltau Melbourne reveals that it is open to new coach Paul Roos’ trading ethos.

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Underdog tag? The Cats wear it well, says star midfielder

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik As the mind games begin, Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel says Hawthorn will head into Friday night's preliminary final as favourite and has urged his teammates to be brave with their ball use.

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Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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Pies closer to signing Cloke for five years

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik TRAVIS Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy payday in his fifth season.

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Cloke inches closer to five-year deal

Collingwood footballer Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy pay day in his fifth season.

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Demons' financial viability at risk, warns Healy

Gerard Healy

Jon Pierik MELBOURNE great Gerard Healy has hit out at AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission and fears the Demons could be left financially depleted if found guilty of tanking.

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McVeigh blasts drugs claims

Essendon Football Club

Jon Pierik As the fallout over the drugs scandal continues, the Essendon family began to turn on itself, with two former players at loggerheads and a club champion questioning whether the Bombers had conducted...

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A peek behind the poker face

Jimmy Bartel.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel talks about his close family bonds – and his desire for more success with his football family.

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What's up, Doc?

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Jobe Watson has expressed regret that he admitted taking a banned drug.