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

Head injuries and CTE not linked, says expert

Dual Brownlow medallist Greg Williams (left) reopened the debate on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Jon Pierik Call for all major sports to adopt a consistent approach to treating head injuries.

AFL

Ablett knee adds to horror list of injuries

Hop it: Gary Ablett is helped from the ground.

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.

Magpies on notice over Tyson Goldsack

Jon Pierik Collingwood continues to face a fight to retain Tyson Goldsack, with Port Adelaide honing in on the talented forward.

Saints flag 'significant changes' to list with several players under spotlight

Alan Richardson

Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

Colin Carter:

Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.

Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

AFL approves stem-cell therapy treatment

Stem cell therapy.

Jon Pierik An Australian-based biomedical company has been given approval from the AFL to use stem-cell therapy on players recovering from injury.

AFL

Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

AFL

Roos to shun safe footy: Ziebell

North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell has urged his teammates to maintain their attacking mindset.

Kangaroos star hopes Voss can help his game

Determined: Jack Ziebell at training on Friday.

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.

AFL

Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

Melbourne hopes to retain James Frawley, despite stinging attack from club legend Garry Lyon

James Frawley of the Demons (right) tries to shrug off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.

AFL

NFL seeks help from AFL on concussion treatment

Help needed: Buffalo’s Trent Edwards is a victim of concussion.

Jon Pierik The US National Football League has asked the AFL to explore how best it can improve its match-day concussion treatment as part of a collaborative approach to dealing with head injuries.

AFL

AFL players should be tested for concussion after every game, says player agent

Geelong's Tom Lonergan had to leave the field with concussion after this clash with Leigh Adams of the Kangaroos in round 10.

Jon Pierik While the AFL maintains a concussion blood test devised by Swedish researchers is not yet practical, player agent Peter Jess says it should be used on every player after every match.

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

Stephen Kernahan.

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.

AFL

Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

AFL

Dean Robinson set to subpoena Bombers in fight for pay

Conditioning guru Dean 'the Weapon' Robinson when he was with Essendon.

Jon Pierik The Essendon supplements saga is set for another revealing twist, with former fitness boss Dean Robinson, who is suing the club for more than a million dollars, to subpoena an array of prominent...

Chris Judd's return delayed

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Chris Judd's troublesome Achilles tendon is taking longer to heal than expected, with the Carlton champion now not expected to return until round five.

AFL

Demon Mitch Clark retires from football

Mitch Clark

Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse