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

Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

AFL

AFL needs to resolve fixture issues, says Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire sounded like he was reading slabs of text off the page.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says this season's fixture and match time slots have not generated enough support.

Melbourne puts forward Mitch Clark on indefinite leave over health issues

Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.

AFL 'out of touch' on medical issues

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Jon Pierik Kangaroos chairman James Brayshaw accuses league of not being in touch with clubs.

'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

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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.

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McKenna review will be 'fair and thorough', say Suns

Guy McKenna has a year to run on his contract but has been under pressure since the Suns fell out of finals contention

Jon Pierik Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff says the review of coach Guy McKenna's tenure will be "fair and thorough", and insists the club has not yet begun to think about possible replacements.

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

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.

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

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.

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.

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

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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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.

Bryce Gibbs caps season with top honour

A cut above the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Michael Malthouse says Bryce Gibbs is striving for excellence after the midfielder claimed his maiden best and fairest.

Federal Court decision a major blow for Bombers, James Hird

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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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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.

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...

Kangaroo Brent Harvey faces nervous wait over Joel Selwood head clash

Harvey celebrates with fans after Friday night's win over Geelong.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.