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

Essendon, ASADA verdict could overshadow AFL finals

Jon Pierik The judge ruling in Essendon's court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority could take at least a month to reach a verdict, meaning this year's AFL finals series could be...

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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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

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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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'.

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

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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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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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.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.

AFL

Tigers of old, and new, enjoy a hot streak

The Tigers have won seven in a row.

Jon Pierik Just two months ago, as Richmond counted three wins alongside 10 defeats, Tony Jewell, the club's last premiership coach, vented his displeasure.

A guide to the Essendon, Hird v ASADA court case

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Jon Pierik Understanding the hearing that is about to absorb most of the football world.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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