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 Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Lance Franklin says he's feeling no added emotion knowing next Saturday's AFL grand final might be his last game for the club.
Jon Pierik Motlop reveals the pain of losing a week earlier to Hawthorn was too much.
Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik and Brent Diamond As Hawthorn seeks grand final redemption, at least one player will get a reprieve.
Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Brad Sewell has urged teammates to banish memories of their grand final defeat, declaring that dwelling on the past could impact on their hopes for redemption next season.
Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.
Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...
Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.
Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence
Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.
Jon Pierik Named the No.1 player in Carlton's history, the legendary John Nicholls says it's time for the Blues to shed their arrogant image, which he believes has tarnished the club for decades.
Jon Pierik The AFLPA insists there is support from the game's stars for a representative game next season.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the main training session on Wednesday will be crucial in determining whether key talls Ben Reid and Jesse White line up in the season opener Fremantle on Friday...
Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.
Jon Pierik While many in the football world continue to debate Carlton's likely finish this season, coach Michael Malthouse believes his Blues are ready to challenge the league's elite.
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".
Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.
Jon Pierik From a night grand final to the fallout from Essendon: the key issues Gillon McLachlan must address.
Jon Pierik New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he has a "clear vision" for the league's future, declaring improving the financial health of battling clubs, engaging with supporters and dealing with...