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 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...
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 Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.
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...
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 Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.
Jon Pierik Dean Robinson, the former Essendon fitness chief, has raised the stakes in the AFL club's supplements saga as he tries to clear his name, ordering some of the game's biggest figures to produce...
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...