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’’...

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

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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Motlop to join indigenous squad for tour of Ireland

Jon Pierik Geelong star Steven Motlop is set to be one of the headline acts when the AFL finalises its all-indigenous team for the International Rules Series tour of Ireland in October.

AFL

Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.

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AFL

Swans' tall order to re-sign tall timber

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik Sydney will head into the finals with two of its key big men still out of contract.

Football

Egos put aside for finals tilt

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says teammates learning to not take criticism personally has helped them develop and hopefully launch a successful September campaign.

AFL

Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.

AFL

Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

AFL

Matthew Kreuzer in doubt for semi-final

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is in doubt for Saturday night's semi-final against Sydney as he battles a calf complaint.

AFL

No Carlton fear after MCG win: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has reminded his men they ''can stand up anywhere''.

AFL

Krakouer hopes Ireland tour kick-starts his career

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

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.