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.

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Bombers fined over pre-draft trials

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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Hawks seek payback against Cats

Coach Alastair Clarkson indicated the Hawks are still smarting from the long losing streak.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the messages of last year's winning preliminary final which killed the so-called Kennett Curse will resonate again on Monday as the Hawks continue to seek...

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Carlton's youngsters in running to debut against winless Demons

Patrick Cripps

Jon Pierik As Carlton looks to regroup ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow winless side Melbourne, the Blues will consider unveiling two of the youngsters they hope will eventually form part of their next...

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Demon Mitch Clark retires from football

Mitch Clark

Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.

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Blues players vote on Mick Malthouse's game plan

Man with the plan: Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has taken the unusual step of asking his players whether they wanted to persist with his game plan, as the Blues attempt to resurrect their season in wake of the shocking...

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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

Gold Coast re-signs three players

Jarrod Harbrow

Jon Pierik Players continue to reinforce their faith in the direction Gold Coast is heading.

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Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

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Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

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Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.

Jack Billings no certainty to make St Kilda debut

New Saint Jack Billings

Jon Pierik St Kilda’s top draft pick Jack Billings will use Saturday’s VFL practice match to push his claims for a senior debut, but the Saints have adopted a cautious approach with the talented...

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St Kilda rookie Eli Templeton elevated to senior list

Eli Templeton has replaced Lewis Pierce on the primary list.

Jon Pierik St Kilda could unveil a possible new cult hero in round one, with Eli Templeton elevated to the senior list.

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Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.

Tom Bell ready to step up for Carlton, says teammate Kade Simpson

Carlton's Tom Bell

Jon Pierik Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson believes Tom Bell, a man likened in size and even pace to retired star Anthony Koutoufides, has shown why he could become a regular senior selection this season.

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Collingwood forward Ben Kennedy finding his feet after surgery

Ben Kennedy.

Jon Pierik Adelaide boy Ben Kennedy no longer feels like a stranger here, writes Jon Pierik.

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Matthew Kreuzer is determined to honour Carlton's greats in the club's 150th year

Leading by example: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Star reminded of Carlton's greats.when he heads from fitness centre to main entrance.