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.
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...
Jon Pierik Essendon doctor Bruce Reid shakes hands with AFL chief as he tours Bombers' headquarters.
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.
Jon Pierik AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has urged sports scientist Stephen Dank to provide anti-doping authorities with the information they need.
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.
Jon Pierik Anti-doping authority's investigation could yet leave players in trouble.
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...
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.
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,...
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'...
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.
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...
Jon Pierik Understanding the hearing that is about to absorb most of the football world.
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".
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.
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...
Jon Pierik Dean Robinson, the former Essendon fitness chief, has raised the stakes in the AFL club's supplements saga as he tries to clear his name, ordering some of the game's biggest figures to produce...
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...
Jon Pierik Eleven Essendon board members and senior figures will have access to confidential documents supplied by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Jon Pierik The murky underground battle attempting to discredit the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority continues, with a leaked affidavit of an AFL investigator suggesting there was a "joint...