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...

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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.

James Hird standing on principle but it's time to play the team game

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.

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.

McKenna sacking to have major implications for Essendon

Gold Coast Suns chairman John Witheriff.

Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.

'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.

Can Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson work together?

Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson at the Brownlow in 2009.

Jon Pierik As caretaker Essendon coach, Mark Thompson enjoyed a great rapport with the wider football media - and public - this season through his quirky post-match press conferences.

Shaun Higgins quits Western Bulldogs, seeks North Melbourne deal

Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.

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AFL in a grand position to tune in to broadcast rights talks

Fox Footy has said audiences for its live matches this season had grown by 2 per cent. However, the cumulative free-to-air television audience has reportedly fallen by 1.2 per cent.

Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.

Ben McEvoy feared he would miss selection in Hawthorn's grand final team

Ben McEvoy knows all about the disappointment of missing grand final selection.

Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.

AFL grand final 2014: Cyril Rioli says he has 'full confidence' in his hamstring

Cyril Rioli smiles for a fan snap.

Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...

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AFL grand final 2014: Perfect preparation means nothing, insists Sydney Swans coach John Longmire

John Longmire at the AFL grand final parade press conference.

Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.

AFL grand final: Jason Dunstall speech spurred Hawthorn to back-to-back flags

Jason Dunstall

Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.

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Hawks get the jump on cheer squad and Swans

Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.

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.

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

Sherrin football

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.

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.

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.