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

James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.

AFL

Chris Scott turns the heat on mauled Cats to respond

Cats players looking dejected after Swans thumping.

Jon Pierik Hurting after a rare thumping loss, Geelong coach Chris Scott has demanded an immediate response from his stunned men, while James Kelly is confident the Cats will ‘‘deliver’’...

International Rules

Dons star may go to Ireland

Patrick Ryder

Jon Pierik Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder could be a late inclusion for Australia's international rules tour of Ireland, potentially replacing Lance Franklin.

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

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

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 Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Buddy fantastic for Sydney Swans, says co-captain Jarrad McVeigh

Lance Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes.

Alex Nicholson, Jon Pierik Lance Franklin has made a 'fantastic' impression on his new Sydney teammates.

AFL

Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

jack watts.

Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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AFL

Hawthorn and the Kangaroos praise fans for dobbing in man over racial abuse of Majak Daw

Majak Daw and Ben McEvoy contest the ball during Friday's match.

Alex Fair and Jon Pierik It was the third time Majak Daw, 22, has been vilified at an AFL ground.

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...

AFL

Krakouer hopes Ireland tour kick-starts his career

Jon Pierik Andrew Krakouer remains in training in a bid to reignite his playing career.

Sydney closes in on Tippett deal

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Sydney hopes reputation for getting a deal done would allow it to secure Kurt Tippett.

Three losses that raised eyebrows

Stunning defeat: Richmond beat the Dees in 2009.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.

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Hawks survive fixture from hell

Hawthorn's Brian Lake leads the team in after it defeated Sydney at the MCG.

Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.

Demetriou against punishing clubs for race-hate actions of fans

Majak Daw

Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has ruled out introducing strict punishment measures for clubs whose fans have been found to have racially abused a player.

AFL

Schoolgirl apologises to 'heartbroken' Swans star

Adam Goodes.

Jon Pierik and Deborah Gough The 13-year-old girl who racially abused Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has apologised for her actions.

Heartbroken Goodes accepts apology

Jon Pierik and Deborah Gough The 13-year-old girl who racially abused Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has apologised for calling him an ape.