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.

Call for tanking amnesty

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda coach believes league in danger of becoming an ''orchestrated theatre company''.


Stynes' role in alleged tanking a delicate issue

Jim Stynes.

Jon Pierik Role former president had in controversy remains a delicate issue for the AFL.


Watts drawn into Demons tanking investigation

AFL Round 11.Melbourne v Collingwood.Melbourne's Jack Watts tackled by Collingwood's Jamie Elliott at the MCG.11 June 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik MELBOURNE Football Club's selection policy, including its use of prized draft pick Jack Watts, has been heavily scrutinised by AFL investigations into the Demons' alleged tanking in 2009.

Agent calls for player protection on tanking


Jon Pierik Player agent Peter Jess says players must have a ''safe harbour'' clause.

Lawyers keep powder dry on tanking

MFC players speak out on tanking.

Jon Pierik Despite believing the AFL's investigation is flawed, lawyers representing the Melbourne Football Club board and three of its employees are debating whether to keep their ''powder dry'' when they...

AFL puts integrity on the line as tanking probe continues

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik If investigation proves positive, any punishment will be handled by AFL Commission.

AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...


Will this be Andrew Demetriou's final year as AFL CEO?


Jon Pierik Whether it's been football types holidaying on the coast or those back at clubland, there's been an intriguing point of speculation over summer.

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Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.


Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

AFL rules out priority picks this year


Jon Pierik The AFL has confirmed it will not grant any priority picks this season. Greater Western Sydney had only the two wins but as it still is still being given special assistance it was never likely to...

Swans have facts to back allowance

Sydney buildings

Jon Pierik Official statistics show median house prices in Sydney more than 17 per cent higher than Melbourne.

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Anderson resigns, seeks new challenges

Adrian Anderson

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik, Scott Spits ADRIAN ANDERSON has resigned from one of the top jobs at the AFL after nine years. In the third executive departure from Andrew Demetriou's team since the end of the season, Anderson's decision to...

Judd's third-party deal may need a fourth-party mediator

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Jon Pierik Carlton skipper no closer to having controversial third-party agreement cleared by AFL.

Medicos to brief summit

Generic drugs in sport

Jon Pierik AFL medical directors Peter Harcourt and Harry Unglik will brief club chief executives at drugs summit.


Demons to set battle lines

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Jon Pierik Lawyers acting on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club have confirmed they have received evidence in the tanking claims lodged against the club.

Dees' charges revealed

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Lawyers for Demons and ex-coach Dean Bailey ready to take AFL to court if found guilty of tanking.

Tank or no tank, Dees sunk


Jon Pierik When this entire ugly episode is over, there won't be a winner.

The 3 minutes that mattered

AFL, Football, Round 18.  Melbourne v Richmond at the MCG.Richmonds Tyrone Vickery and Melbournes Paul Johnson wait for the ball.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE AFL investigators focus on the final three minutes of Melbourne's after-the-siren loss to Richmond in 2009 as part of explosive probe into tanking.


Investigators question Melbourne over Watts

Watts next: Melbourne young gun Jack Watts.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Melbourne's selection policy, including use of prized draft pick, heavily scrutinised by AFL investigators.