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.

Dean Robinson and Essendon reach settlement of close to $1m

Dean Robinson

Jon Pierik Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has all but clinched a settlement with the Bombers.

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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...

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

Essend players.

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

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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 boss Andrew Demetriou keen to help Essendon rebuild

Andrew Demetriou:

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

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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 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.

James Hird standing on principle but it's time to play the team game

bombers

Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.

Mediation between Essendon, Dean Robinson breaks down

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.

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.

Documents back AFL push to use interim report

Essendon.

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

Kim Williams:

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...

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...

A guide to the Essendon, Hird v ASADA court case

Essendon thumbnail.

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".