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

Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

Pert worried about 'volcanic' off-season behaviour by players

Collingwood's Gary Pert

Jon Pierik As concerns about illicit drug use by AFL players mount, Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says some players are guilty of "volcanic behaviour" during the off-season and wants a forum of all...

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.

AFL

Harcourt rebuked over AFL drug 'retirement' claims

Peter Harcourt (far right) has been rebuked by the AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to clarify comments made by its medical director at a Zurich conference, insisting players are not "retired" by the league for illicit drugs problems but rather make their own...

AFL

Pre-season has whiff of 2010 premiership year, says re-signed Magpie Dane Swan

Dane Swan in action during a Collingwood pre-season intra-club match at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood champion will remain with the club for life, having signed till 2016.

AFL

Travis Boak says Port Adelaide must go to a new level

No looking back: Travis Boak says Port must go to another level.

Jon Pierik It would be wrong to suggest Port Adelaide caught its rivals napping last season.

AFL

Matthew Kreuzer is determined to honour Carlton's greats in the club's 150th year

Leading by example: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Star reminded of Carlton's greats.when he heads from fitness centre to main entrance.

AFL

Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

AFL

Collingwood forward Ben Kennedy finding his feet after surgery

Ben Kennedy.

Jon Pierik Adelaide boy Ben Kennedy no longer feels like a stranger here, writes Jon Pierik.

AFL

Jason Winderlich impresses in Essendon pre-season

Jason Winderlich.

Jon Pierik As the Bombers welcome back several big names for NAB Challenge clash against Port, there's one, in particular, who has caught the eye of assistant coach Nathan Bassett.

AFL

Kade Simpson re-signs for two years at Carlton

Up the Blues: Carlton’s Kade Simpson joins the fun at World Down Syndrome Day on Friday.

Jon Pierik The Blues half-back, who is flourishing under Mick Malthouse, is proud he will finish his career as a one-club player.

AFL

US rookie Jason Holmes keen to get a start with St Kilda

Jason Holmes.

Jon Pierik Basketball convert insists he will be ready to play senior football for this season.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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AFL

Goodes reveals extent of injury

Adam Goodes

Jon Pierik, in Dublin Adam Goodes has revealed he won’t start running until January as he recovers from a knee complaint.

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AFL

Franklin primed for giant clash

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik Forward won't let emotion of playing in what could be his last game at Hawthorn distract him.

AFL

Tackling pressure to be a pre-season focus for North Melbourne

Daniel Wells

Jon Pierik Star playmaker Daniel Wells says the Kangaroos will work to improve their tackling and intensity.

Stokes hungry for Chapman clash

AFL  Football-Gold Coast Suns v Geelong at the Carrara  Stadium on the Gold Coast, Saturday May 28, 2011. Mathew Stokes and Paul Chapman (R) THE AGE SPORT. Pictures by STEVE HOLLAND.

Jon Pierik Mathew Stokes can't wait to niggle the 'angry old man'

Agents warn on 'risky' trips abroad

Flowers placed outside the Port Adelaide club in memory of John McCarthy.

Jon Pierik Trips of this kind said to be potentially more dangerous than anything on the field.

AFL

Former Crow Gunston flies high with Hawks

Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston during the Hawks training session at Waverley Park. Thousands of Hawks fans turned out for the Hawthorn family day ahead of the AFL Grand Final against Sydney on Saturday.
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Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Jon Pierik Hawthorn has eight players who have kicked more than 20 goals this season.

Blues set for a step back

Carlton's Michael Jamison.

Jon Pierik Carlton's defenders ready to welcome and embrace Mick Malthouse's renowned defensive mantra.