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

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.

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Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

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Justin Koschitzke saw red at being forced to wear 'Kermit suit'

Justin Koschitzke walks off Etihad with fellow retirees Stephen Milne and Jason Blake

Jon Pierik Retired St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke has taken aim at former coach Scott Watters, declaring he was offended to have begun his final match as a substitute in the "Kermit suit".

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

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Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

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Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

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Eddie McGuire: Swans given a fair go

'The sooner we get all these things out of the way the better.'

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the cost-of-living allowance remains 'ridiculous'.

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Bombers seek special exemption on players' legal fees

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Jon Pierik The AFL would not comment on Friday night over speculation Essendon had again sought a special exemption for the legal fees of players involved in the supplements scandal to be exempt from the salary...

Greg Swann's Carlton exit shows how elusive the premiership can be

Greg Swann

Jon Pierik That Carlton has closed the door on another era without adding a 17th flag only reinforces how difficult it is to win a premiership.

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Josh Bootsma sacked by Carlton

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Carlton youngster Josh Bootsma has become the first AFL player to be sacked for social media misconduct, after the Blues terminated his contract on Tuesday.

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is not concerned that contract renegotiations have yet to open, declaring he didn't expect to have secured an extension by now.

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The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.

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Geelong CEO Brian Cook says clubs must cut spending

Jon Pierik Geelong chief says clubs must reduce costs or players will seek a major pay rise.

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Leigh Matthews blasts AFL for clubs' 'ridiculous' splurges on football departments

Leigh Matthews

Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions legend believes the ''penny is dropping'' within club land.

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Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

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Nick Riewoldt keen for players to get fair share of AFL earnings

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt wants players' wages linked to the health of the game, amid fears their share of the revenue will fall below the 25 per cent share they currently earn.

Geelong boss Brian Cook backs abolition of vets list

Corey Enright.

Jon Pierik While player agents may be concerned, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook does not believe the expected abolition of the veterans' allowance will have a great impact on the retention of seasoned...

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Collingwood CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert.

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has heightened expectations at his powerful club, declaring the Magpies expect to win a premiership within the next three years.

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AFLPA push to streamline third-party deals

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Jon Pierik The complicated structure of independent third-party agreements could be eased if the AFL Players Association gets its way.

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AFL players want International Rules series

The International Rules debate comes as players also maintain their push for an all-star or representative match, most likely to be held on the eve of the season.

Jon Pierik AFL players believe the International Rules series has a future.

Bolton confident Buddy won't pay for his $10m price tag

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player Jude Bolton is confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods culture - provided the club's free agency offer is approved by the AFL.

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