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

Bombers may face finals fight

Essendon takes the field against Hawthorn in round 18. Will the Bombers be there in September?

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon could mount case for injunction to play in finals should it be stripped of premiership points, lawyer says.

AFL

James Hird says Bombers have a 'right' to play finals

James Hird.

Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to make a call on charges in the Essendon supplements saga, coach James Hird maintains he is "very comfortable" about his position and insists the Bombers have a "right" to play...

Essendon saga 'impossible' to resolve before finals

Jon Pierik As Essendon weighs up its next move, a prominent sports lawyer expects the Bombers to launch Supreme Court action and says a resolution to the supplements scandal will be "impossible" to achieve...

AFL

Malthouse fears for finals farce

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach says he fears the end of the season will degenerate into a 'shambles' if the Bombers head to court.

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Football

Egos put aside for finals tilt

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says teammates learning to not take criticism personally has helped them develop and hopefully launch a successful September campaign.

AFL

Fear of finals chaos

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik The AFL ladder could be thrown into chaos just weeks before the finals, if Essendon is stripped of premiership points as a result of the investigation of illegal supplements.

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AFL

Salad days for Carlton's finals hero Duigan

Richmond's Alex Rance and Carlton's Nick Duigan

Jon Pierik Carlton utility Nick Duigan was munching on a homemade salad sandwich and almost heading into the MCG crowd when he realised teammate Brock McLean may be a late withdrawal on Sunday.

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AFL

Club guarding against a finals fade-out: Hodge

Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge vows the team won't ''take the foot off the pedal''.

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AFL

Didak poised for return in bid to play finals

Alan Didak

Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu Collingwood veteran ''on the verge of a return to the field'' and mounting a case to play finals.

AFL

Bombers finals' could hinge on court

James Hird

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle A leading sports lawyer says Essendon could mount a case for an injunction to play in the finals should the club be stripped of premiership points in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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Finals blow for Blues: Lachie out for season

Lachie Henderson

Jon Pierik Carlton's hopes of pushing for a finals berth have been dealt a blow with key defender Lachie Henderson ruled out for the rest of the season because of a groin injury.

Hawks defender to miss finals

Hawthorn's Brendan Whitecross

Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

AFL

Lion dares to dream of finals

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Jon Pierik Modern-day band of talent understands it's long past time to forge a new identity.

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Tigers can end their 12-year finals drought: Cotchin

Jon Pierik Trent Cotchin says it's time for the Tigers to take their game to the 'next level'.

Blues lament pokie king's criticism, urge all club members to stick together

Carlton president Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik Bruce Mathieson may be a billionaire pokies king and a Carlton powerbroker, but Carlton president Stephen Kernahan and captain Marc Murphy made it clear on Monday they were tired of his criticism of...

AFL

Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

AFL

Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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AFL

Scott Pendlebury keen for Magpies to be tested by the best in AFL

Scott Pendlebury tackled by Geelong's Jordan Schroder

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury has declared the Magpies are ready to 'rip in' for a bruising start to the season.

AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.