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.


Roos to shun safe footy: Ziebell

North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell has urged his teammates to maintain their attacking mindset.


Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...


Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.


Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

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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Ziebell's scientific approach

Path to fitness: North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.


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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Saint wary of EPL-like competition

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.

Swallow wants more flexibility over pre-season

Ready to roll: Andrew Swallow at training Saturday.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow says it's time to shorten the pre-season.

Hawks hang tough but Rioli injured

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli winces after injuring his hamstring.

Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.


Roos must move on after Selwood decision, says Hansen

Adam Selwood is tackled by Leigh Adams.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender maintains there is little point debating free kick.


Roos told to stand up, show fight

Sam Kekovich.

Jon Pierik Premiership star Sam Kekovich says troubling run of fade-outs must rest with coach Brad Scott.

North clings to top eight

Demon on the rise: Melbourne’s Jeremy Howe marks over North’s Scott Thompson at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.

Roos slam ignorant supporters

Brad Scott

Jon Pierik NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott last night lashed those ''embarrassing'' club supporters who gave forward Robbie Tarrant Bronx cheers, claiming they did not understand his game plan.

Confident Kangaroos plan to ruffle feathers

Andrew Swallow.

Jon Pierik Kangaroos have every right to think four years of rebuilding will be rewarded.


Swallow takes helm, Roos share spotlight

Jon Pierik North Melbourne forced to take second ranking with its announcement of captain.


Tarrant a vital key in Roo attack

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's Drew Petrie says the Kangaroos have more than finals on their mind.

Sliding Daw: Majak's lies, debts and teammate's ex

Majak Daw

Jon Pierik North Melbourne coach Brad Scott reveals ground-breaking rookie Majak Daw suspended for lying to club.

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Ablett knee adds to horror list of injuries

Hop it: Gary Ablett is helped from the ground.

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.

North skipper blasts Roos for 'kamikaze' play

Fall guy: Lindsay Thomas flies over Karmichael Hunt.

Jon Pierik Andrew Swallow says team gave winless Gold Coast Suns an opportunity to cause an upset.