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 and Michael Gleeson Players Association president Luke Ball insists voluntary illicit-drugs policy has helped players.
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 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 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 Geelong chief executive Brian Cook says time for club officials to be told earlier of positive test.
Jon Pierik AFL wants to receive information from police to protect competition's integrity.
Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has revealed two players could have died unless they had self-reported under the controversial loophole in the league's illicit drugs policy.
Jon Pierik Dons chairman ''more and more confident'' players not administered illegal supplements.
Danny Weidler and Jon Pierik Sports scientist says it is time for a royal commission into the drugs-in-sport debacle.
Jon Pierik ACC seeks minimum three-year term for those caught supplying banned drugs.
Jon Pierik Former chief legal adviser to AFL Players Association criticises anti-doping authorities.
Jon Pierik Senior Essendon assistant coach endorses James Hird to remain in charge.
Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson says players have pledged full support to besieged coach.
Jon Pierik Fremantle great says a current player deserves to be involved in major meetings.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.