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.

AFL

AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

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...

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.

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

Essendon players knew what they had been given, claims Stephen Dank

Stephen Dank: ''None of us have done anything wrong.''

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal, insists the players knew what they had been administered and has described the club's internal report into his injecting...

AFL

Harcourt rebuked over AFL drug 'retirement' claims

Peter Harcourt (far right) has been rebuked by the AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to clarify comments made by its medical director at a Zurich conference, insisting players are not "retired" by the league for illicit drugs problems but rather make their own...

AFL

Dank could have answered the one burning question

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik If there was one question Stephen Dank could have answered during his radio interview with friend, and former Adelaide Crows coach Graham Cornes, on Tuesday night, it was this.

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AFL

Stakes high for Essendon, Hird and ASADA

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jon Pierik The details, technicalities and, as one lawyer put it, "white noise" around the Federal Court case brought by Essendon and James Hird means it can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going...

AFL

The Essendon saga: where things sit

Essendon logo

Jon Pierik So, where do things stand in the Essendon supplements saga:

AFL

Cancer fears for Essendon players; tests will continue for many years

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt has revealed suspicions of Essendon's illegal use of peptides and supplements were so strong that players were tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

AFL

Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

AFL

David Evans to reappear in Essendon court case

David Evans played a key role in the Bombers' decision to self-report to the AFL and ASADA on February 5 last year.

Jon Pierik Former Essendon chairman David Evans is expected to officially reappear in the supplements scandal as the Bombers seek documents attempting to strengthen their argument that the joint probe into the...