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

Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

Essendon, ASADA verdict could overshadow AFL finals

The ruling in the court case could impact on the Bombers in the finals, a stage of the competition they look increasingly likely to reach following strong recent on-field form, such as the round 16 win over Port Adelaide.

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

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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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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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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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.

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.

AFL

James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

AFL

North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

AFL

Shake-up tipped in AFL gambling partnership

Matt Tripp is awaiting more discussions with the AFL.

Jon Pierik Punting entrepreneur Matt Tripp has signalled a shake-up of the AFL's gambling partnerships, with the league considering spreading its front-line deal.

James Hird should not return this season, says Essendon legend Tim Watson

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik With just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers' 2014 campaign is over.