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

Bombers fined over pre-draft trials

AFL

Jon Pierik Essendon has been fined $20,000 - half of which is suspended - for trialling players without the required paperwork ahead of last month's AFL rookie draft.

AFL

Tippett sets out draft terms

Kurt Tippett appears likely to end up at Sydney.

Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Suspended key forward seems almost sure to end up with the Swans.

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Logo, mini-draft on table

Sherrin

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson In-season mini-draft, ban on top clubs poaching free agents and possible sale of AFL logo on front of player jumpers options discussed in bid to ease gap between AFL's rich and poor.

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Sub rule would hit draft: coaches

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and Melbourne coach Mark Neeld.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley and Mark Neeld agree ''two and two'' substitute rule would prompt recruiting change.

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Draft compensation for coaches rated 'unlikely'

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick's suggestion will be considered.

Jon Pierik Richmond coach's suggestion that clubs be awarded draft picks if a coach breaks his contract will be considered by the AFL Coaches Association.

Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse

Jeff Garlett.

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.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

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.

Saints flag 'significant changes' to list with several players under spotlight

Alan Richardson

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.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

Neil Young arrives at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

Kangaroos star hopes Voss can help his game

Determined: Jack Ziebell at training on Friday.

Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger.

Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

AFL

Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

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Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

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Dank threatens legal action against AFL's Harcourt

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik While the AFL insists Peter Harcourt has not broken any contractual arrangement, former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank says he is seriously considering legal action against the league's...

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...