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.
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...
Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook says time for club officials to be told earlier of positive test.
Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive says illicit drugs debate must become an annual agenda item.
Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.
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...
Jon Pierik Footballers Could face annual psychological tests assessing their propensity to use drugs.
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...
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...
Jon Pierik Veteran coach reveals he sacked staff over fears they were giving players illegal substances.
Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players Association president Luke Ball insists voluntary illicit-drugs policy has helped players.
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...
Jon Pierik The legality of transcripts used by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to issue show-cause notices against 34 current and former Essendon players will be a key factor when a Federal Court...
Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.
Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.
Jon Pierik AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor...
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Essendon star Paddy Ryder could quit the club at the end of the season with his management looking at triggering a new breach-of-contract clause that would allow him to walk as a delisted free agent.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.
Jon Pierik Three days of hearings before Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court are over. Essendon, James Hird and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have had their say.
Jon Pierik As a little-known Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority amendment bill goes before the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the so-called blackest day in Australian...