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 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...
Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.
Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says this season's fixture and match time slots have not generated enough support.
Jon Pierik Kangaroos chairman James Brayshaw accuses league of not being in touch with clubs.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.
Jon Pierik While Luke Ball believes he has enough "competitive juice" to play on next season, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said a decision on the future of the veteran midfielder will be made in the "cold,...
Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.
Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.
Jon Pierik He does not have any proof but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Dane Swan could have been an unwitting victim of a "game" prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell is playing.
Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.
Jon Pierik Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has been quick to act at his new club, adopting a "fan-friendly" philosophy and investigating whether this year's heritage guernsey should become the permanent...
Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.
Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.
Jon Pierik Jason Akermanis says he welcomes an official investigation after being at the centre of a complaint for breaching the AFL Victoria cyber safety policy.
Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.
Jon Pierik As a little-known Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority amendment bill goes before the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the so-called blackest day in Australian...
Jon Pierik Just two months ago, as Richmond counted three wins alongside 10 defeats, Tony Jewell, the club's last premiership coach, vented his displeasure.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.
Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.