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

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

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...

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.

AFL

Logo, mini-draft on table

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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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AFL

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.

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...

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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AFL

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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AFL

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...

AFL

AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik A lawyer who acted as a consultant to Essendon last season has claimed the fines and suspensions imposed on James Hird and the Bombers could be void because of comments made by the AFL's chief...

AFL

Essendon players choose not to join Hird, club case against ASADA

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Adam Cooper, Jon Pierik The identities of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will not be revealed in the Federal Court after a lawyer representing the group said they would not be joined to proceedings.

AFL

Gillon McLachlan: ASADA has gathered 'a lot' of evidence since interim report was released

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has revealed the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has gathered "a lot" of evidence since ending its joint investigation with the AFL in August last year.

AFL

The Essendon saga: where things sit

Essendon logo

Jon Pierik So, where do things stand in the Essendon supplements saga:

AFL

Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley talks to Brent Macaffer during a training session.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

AFL

James Hird attacks ASADA over rights and says show-cause notices are void

Suspended coach James Hird

Jon Pierik James Hird has claimed his legal team questioned the validity of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency before his interview in April last year and was not...

AFL

Essendon players await their fate in court

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Jon Pierik The 34 current and former Essendon players issued with show-cause notices are preparing to find out whether they will be dragged into the Federal Court case brought against the Australian Sports...

AFL

Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik

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

Eddie McGuire blames ugly football on too many 'spuds'

Some untalented potatoes on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has blamed what appears to be an increasing amount of ugly football on clubs having too many untalented "spuds" because of the draft concessions given to expansion...

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Blues playing best football in 18 months, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has declared his team is playing its best football in his 18 months in charge, and has revealed his list won't be pruned as heavily as last year when this season's review...