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.

Self-reporting on drugs saved lives: AFL boss

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players Association president Luke Ball insists voluntary illicit-drugs policy has helped players.

AFL

Drugs inquiry 'extraordinarily confronting': Tim Watson

Tim Watson

Jon Pierik As questions emerged whether Essendon's supplements program could have an impact on players' fertility, Bombers great Tim Watson, the father of club captain Jobe, says the drugs inquiry into a...

AFL

Fresh impetus for drugs policy change

Brian Cook

Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook says time for club officials to be told earlier of positive test.

AFL

Keep drugs on agenda: Pert

Collingwood's Gary Pert

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive says illicit drugs debate must become an annual agenda item.

Football

Education on drugs is key: Petrie

Drew Petrie

Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.

Football

Clubs in legal minefield on drugs: Port

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.

Australian football

AFL keeps three strikes on drugs

AFL press conference

Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has conceded that the league ''dropped the ball'' in dealing with alcohol abuse by players, as it emerged confidentiality was still an issue in informing clubs...

Football

Mental tests in drugs plan

Drugs

Jon Pierik Footballers Could face annual psychological tests assessing their propensity to use drugs.

AFL

McVeigh blasts drugs claims

Essendon Football Club

Jon Pierik As the fallout over the drugs scandal continues, the Essendon family began to turn on itself, with two former players at loggerheads and a club champion questioning whether the Bombers had conducted...

Finnis baulks at jail for drugs

AFLPA CEO Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief executive Matt Finnis says a proposal to enforce criminal sanctions on athletes who fail to comply with new powers for anti-doping investigators 'leaves a lot to be...

Drugs long an issue, says Parkin

David Parkin.

Jon Pierik Veteran coach reveals he sacked staff over fears they were giving players illegal substances.

Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

Essendon players at their 'worst point' says Matthew Lloyd

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Just days out from the start of the AFL season, Matthew Lloyd has revealed Bombers' players involved in the supplements saga are mentally at their "worst point".

AFL Players Association dismayed Essendon players still in limbo

AFLPA chief Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis says he is dismayed Essendon players remain in an invidious position over the supplements investigation.

AFL

Essendon players may take legal action over media report

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has left open the option of taking legal against News Corp newspapers for its decision to publish the names of players suspected to have taken banned drugs.

AFL

ASADA supplements probe left Essendon players disillusioned: Jobe Watson

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Jobe Watson says the supplements saga has at times left the club disillusioned with the sport.

AFL

Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

AFL

Will this be Andrew Demetriou's final year as AFL CEO?

Demetriou

Jon Pierik Whether it's been football types holidaying on the coast or those back at clubland, there's been an intriguing point of speculation over summer.

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AFL

Essendon advertises for integrity officer to police medical protocols

Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik Specialist will have to ensure all medical practices are above board.

AFL

I put my trust in Stephen Dank, retired Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray says

Nathan Lovett-Murray

Jon Pierik Retired Don urges sport scientist to talk to anti-doping authorities.