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 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 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 Swans premiership ruckman is out of contract, with negotiations yet to begin on what his management hopes could be a new four-year deal.
Jon Pierik Lions likely to look for new coach unless they make finals, says Leigh Matthews.
Jon Pierik Former Geelong president Frank Costa fears AFL morphing into soccer's English Premier League.
Jon Pierik Debate over just where modern-day Geelong side rates in history begins again.
Jon Pierik Kangaroos chairman James Brayshaw accuses league of not being in touch with clubs.
Jon Pierik Carlton key forward Jarrad Waite moves closer to an AFL return this Sunday when he resumes playing.
Jon Pierik The threat posed by a visiting marksman has Mick Malthouse concerned.
Jon Pierik Collingwood president says it is time to stop the ''Band-Aid'' approach.
Jon Pierik After another strong personal and team performance by Fremantle at Etihad Stadium last weekend, Docker Michael Barlow had a quick chat with Dale Morris, the Western Bulldogs defender.
Jon Pierik Essendon remains hopeful Michael Hurley's wrist injury is not as bad as first feared.
Jon Pierik Matthew Pavlich is determined to finish what he started at Fremantle.
Jon Pierik Winless after two rounds, St Kilda coach Scott Watters says his team is in a rebuilding mode, casting doubt on the Saints' ability to compete for the finals.
Jon Pierik St Kilda coach casts doubt on his team's ability to compete for the finals.
Jon Pierik Coach hasn't thought about friendship with Eddie McGuire for ''even one second''.
Jon Pierik Carlton hopes expected return of defender will help improve its composure.
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.