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

Andrew Demetriou provides his last critique

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik The final lap is almost complete, with one last round of thanks reserved for his staff on Thursday. Then it's off to a new life for Andrew Demetriou, the man who has sat in Australian sport's hottest...

AFL

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou urges Stephen Dank to provide evidence to ASADA

Stephen Dank considers question.

Jon Pierik AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has urged sports scientist Stephen Dank to provide anti-doping authorities with the information they need.

AFL

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

Demetriou

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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AFL

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou keen to help Essendon rebuild

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Jon Pierik Essendon doctor Bruce Reid shakes hands with AFL chief as he tours Bombers' headquarters.

AFL

AFL a long way from buying Etihad Stadium: Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik Preparing to announce a profit of about $15 million, Andrew Demetriou has revealed the league is a long way from being able to buy the stadium.

AFL

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou warns Essendon players may still face infraction notices

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Jon Pierik Anti-doping authority's investigation could yet leave players in trouble.

AFL commissioner Kim Williams backs league's handling of Essendon saga but slams Labor's role

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Jon Pierik AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor...

Documents back AFL push to use interim report

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Jon Pierik Documents released by the Federal Court have reinforced the determination of the AFL to use the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report to punish Essendon over its supplements program.

Dane Swan a victim of underworld 'game', says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Toby Mitchell and Dane Swan.

Jon Pierik He does not have any proof but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Dane Swan could have been an unwitting victim of a "game" prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell is playing.

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Mediation talks between Robinson, Essendon delayed

Dean Robinson is suing the Bombers for $2 million for unfair dismissal.

Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.

A guide to the Essendon, Hird v ASADA court case

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Jon Pierik Understanding the hearing that is about to absorb most of the football world.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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James Hird tells Federal Court he disagreed with two Essendon chairmen over ASADA probe

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Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik Suspended coach James Hird says he disagreed with public statements made by successive Essendon chairmen about the club's stance on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe into the Bombers'...

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A wrap-up of the Essendon v ASADA court case

Hird's suspension is almost complete. He returns officially to Essendon on August 25 but will not have an active role with the team's performance this season.

Jon Pierik Three days of hearings before Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court are over. Essendon, James Hird and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have had their say.

ASADA gathered evidence after its joint investigation

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's case to issue show-cause notices to 34 current and former Essendon players gained significant momentum after its investigation with the AFL was...

Blackest day in sport claim was pathetic, says Abbott

Critical: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted Labor's ''blackest day in sport'' claims.

Jon Pierik As a little-known Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority amendment bill goes before the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the so-called blackest day in Australian...

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...

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

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Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.