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 umpires will be better resourced and more open with the media in bid to win the respect of football fans

Wayne Campbell says the AFL would have new rules broadcast at venues to help educate supporters.

Jon Pierik Most umpires feel they are respected by AFL coaches and players, but not by club supporters and the media.


Star Tiger's vote against the umpires

Geoff Raines

Jon Pierik One memory from 1980 still rankles with champion centreman Geoff Raines.


Blues raise doubtful calls with umpires

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton wants clarification from umpires' department after contentious decisions on Friday night.


Plan for a trial of full-time umpires

AFL umpires

Jon Pierik Full-time option will not be adopted next season but could be done in 2014,


Umpires to share their vision with everybody

Jon Pierik Coaches and players will have access to vision used by umpires and notes taken.


Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.


Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...


Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.


St Kilda's Jack Steven is keen to rally midfield forces as club rebuilds

Taking flight: Jack Steven clashes with West Coast at Etihad Stadium last year.

Jon Pierik Jack Steven's skills have matured with his ability to lead younger players.


Lethal's plan to combat congestion

All ears: When Leigh Matthews talks, coaches listen. Cats coach Chris Scott with Matthews last year.

Jon Pierik Leigh Matthews has an idea for dealing with the issue of congestion in football.

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AFL allows players more freedom on marking, tougher on hands in back

Players are united in wanting to protect one of the game’s showcase skills – the mark.

Jon Pierik Players told they will be given greater freedom when attempting to mark next season.

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If your bump hits high, you're gone

Geelong's Joel Selwood receives a high bump from Saint Arryn Siposs.

Jon Pierik Umpires will award free kicks and report players for rough conduct if a bump results in contact to the head.

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AFL trainers: Safety fear over new rules

Ray Spiteri

Jon Pierik Reduction in number of trainers allowed on an AFL field next season could affect safety.


Pies seek Cloke clarity

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Collingwood seeks clarification from umpires in bid to help Cloke avoid conceding free kicks.


Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Which way?: Carlton's Marc Murphy takes a one-hand mark over Swan Craig Bird.

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.


Ump, keep an eye on Crowley, says Diesel

Ryan Crowley spoils Sam Mitchell during the round 19 match between Fremantle and Hawthorn in Perth.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.


Numbers game puts cap in play

Jon Pierik Spike in average number of interchange rotations in past month could intensify need for AFL to introduce cap.


Interchange cap 'hurts players'

Interchange bench.

Jon Pierik and Jesse Hogan Players' union fears players could be affected by AFL decision to up interchanges to 120.

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Hawthorn still dancing

Big shoes to fill: Rucking in place of the injured Aaron Sandilands, Docker Jonathon Griffin takes on the Hawks’ David Hale at Aurora Stadium.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn, according to many, had the toughest opening seven rounds.

Ump, get behind the line: McGuire

Eddie McGuire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president says it is time to stop the ''Band-Aid'' approach.