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 As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.
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...
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge vows the team won't ''take the foot off the pedal''.
Jon Pierik Modern-day band of talent understands it's long past time to forge a new identity.
Jon Pierik Trent Cotchin says it's time for the Tigers to take their game to the 'next level'.
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.
Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu Collingwood veteran ''on the verge of a return to the field'' and mounting a case to play finals.
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...
Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon could mount case for injunction to play in finals should it be stripped of premiership points, lawyer says.
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...
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...
Jon Pierik Carlton coach says he fears the end of the season will degenerate into a 'shambles' if the Bombers head to court.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
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.
Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.
Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.
Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.
Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.